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Philadelphia University women’s basketball head coach Tom Shirley became only the third women’s coach in NCAA DII history to earn 700 career wins when the Rams defeated host Dominican College 59-54 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate conference contest Feb. 6.

Tom ShirleyShirley, who is 24th in NCAA women’s basketball career wins in all divisions, is now 700-326 in his 25-year career, 551-253 with PhilaU and 149-73 in eight seasons at DeSales University, his alma mater.

“I am honored to have achieved my 700th coaching victory at such an outstanding university,” Shirley said. “I share this recognition with our current team, as well as all the former players and assistant coaches who have participated in our program over the past 35 years. I look forward to future winning seasons and I thank Philadelphia University for all its support.”

With the win, Philadelphia (17-6, 13-1 CACC) secured a home game for the opening round of the CACC Tournament. High scorers were Mary Newell with 16 points, Bria Young with 15 points and Rachel Day with 14 points.

The PhilaU women return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 9 with a CACC road contest at the University of the Sciences at 6 p.m.

The appointment of Philip Russel, interim dean of the School of Business Administration, to dean of graduate education was reported Feb. 8 in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

(Left to right): Jessica Hubbard, Nytae Lane, Desiree DiGiovacchino, Omosi Anabui, T.J. Burghart and Madeline Gambino talked about their experiences.

(Left to right): Jessica Hubbard, Nytae Lane, Desiree DiGiovacchino, Omosi Anabui, T.J. Burghart and Madeline Gambino talked about their experiences.

Interested in impacting the lives of high-poverty children after graduation? Or maybe applying for a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in a developing country?

Philadelphia University students interested in post-graduate service opportunities heard about the experiences of recent alumni who have participated in such programs at a Jan. 28 event sponsored by the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service and Office of Student Engagement.

The PhilaU alumni shared their personal experiences of working to help those in disadvantaged situations or study overseas. They represented organizations including City Year, Habitat for Humanity, AmeriCorps and the prestigious Fulbright program, which offers teaching and research opportunities for graduates.

The alumni panel included Jessica Hubbard ’15, Nytae Lane ‘15, Omosi Anabui ‘15, T.J. Burghart ‘14, Desiree DiGiovacchino ‘08 and PhilaU AmeriCorps VISTA staff member Madeline Gambino, who received a Fulbright postgraduate student award to study at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Panelists explained how a bridge year of service promotes personal growth, strength and self- fulfillment, as well as preparation for future job opportunities. Representatives of several service organizations will be available to answer questions at the Feb 11 Career and Internship Fair at noon in the Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space (click here for more information).

The first class of Philadelphia University Physician Assistant Studies students in the New Jersey program are midway through their first year in the growing program, the Press of Atlantic City reported Feb. 2.

The PA program in New Jersey, which includes 20 students this year, eventually will enroll 40 students in each class, up to half of them from a new accelerated five-year program in partnership with Stockton University, similar to the program on PhilaU’s main campus.

Michael Dryer, executive dean of PhilaU’s College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, said PhilaU’s nationally recognized PA program receives thousands of applicants annually for the two sites. “South Jersey has a shortage of primary-care providers,” he said. “And many students do tend to stay where they train. There is the hope that some might stay in the area.”

Dana Cafaro, associate program director for the New Jersey program, and PA students William Joyce and Kelsey Brangoccio also were featured in the article.

Finance Professor Philip Russel discussed bankruptcy procedures in an article on a local restaurant filing for Chapter 11 protection, The Roxborough Review reported Feb. 2.

A research poster on collaborative learning methods presented by Jeffrey Klemens, assistant professor of biology, was awarded first place at Temple University’s 14th annual Conference on Teaching Excellence on Jan. 20.

Klemens was one of eight PhilaU faculty members who presented five of 18 research posters at the conference, which accepted abstracts based on peer review by a panel of pedagogical experts.

PhilaU’s Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning funded faculty members to present their research at the conference. In addition to Klemens’ poster, Contrasting Faculty and Student Expectations in Flipped Classroom Video Lectures, the other presenters and their projects were:

Fashion Nexus: Students’ Collaboration in Operating Campus “Pop-Up” Store: Nioka Wyatt, associate professor; David Loranger, lecturer; and Pielah Kim, assistant professor, Fashion Merchandising and Management

Innovative Techniques to Improve Live, Simultaneous Collaboration in an Online Studio Course: Rob Fleming, associate professor and program director, and Rob Fryer, associate professor, M.S. in Sustainable Design

Engaging Students in Career Development for the Health Professions Fosters Learning: Anne Bower, associate professor, Conservation Biology

Quantitative Assessment of Qualitative Practices: Dana Scott, assistant professor, College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, DEC Core

Klemens’ research, funded by a Nexus Learning Grant, contrasted student and faculty perceptions of a variety of videos, from voice-over PowerPoints to animated videos, that were intended to “flip” content out of the classroom to allow more student-centric collaborative learning methods within the class time.

“Students were less sensitive to the style of the video presented than were faculty, which suggests that in terms of faculty effort invested there may be diminishing returns to creating more high-tech, visually appealing videos,” Klemens said.

philau_ESPN-514PhilaU Ram fans filled the stands and cheered on the men’s and women’s basketball teams during the live-streamed ESPN3 games of the week Jan 30 in the Gallagher Athletic Center.

Women's coach Tom Shirley

Women’s coach Tom Shirley

The women, who were playing for head coach Tom Shirley’s 700th career win, lost the hard-fought game 63-58 in a battle of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference division leaders Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Shirley’s second chance at the milestone will come Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. when the Rams travel to Dominican (N.Y.).  He would be only the third DII women’s coach and 24th women’s coach in all NCAA divisions to join the 700-win club.

Read The Philadelphia Inquirer story here.

At the 4 p.m. game, the PhilaU men held on to defeat Bloomfield 79-75, as PhilaU forward T.J. Huggins racked up a career-high 29 points. The men will go up against Dominican at 4 p.m. on Feb. 6.

(Left to right) Thomas Jefferson U. President  Stephen Klasko, PhilaU Board Chair Eileen Martinson and PhilaU President Stephen Spinelli Jr.

(Left to right) Thomas Jefferson U. President Stephen Klasko, PhilaU Board Chair Eileen Martinson and PhilaU President Stephen Spinelli Jr.

During half-time at the men’s game, PhilaU President Stephen Spinelli Jr. and Thomas Jefferson University President Stephen Klasko were presented with PhilaU jerseys. The two universities announced in December that they were signing a letter of intent to integrate, and a Definitive Agreement is expected to be completed by June.

Fashion design program director Sheila Connelly with YMA scholarship winners (left to right) Julia Pogue, Maria D'Agostino and Megan Belz.

Fashion design program director Sheila Connelly with YMA scholarship winners (left to right) Julia Pogue, Maria D’Agostino and Megan Belz.

Nine Philadelphia University fashion students—the most ever in a single year—have won prestigious $5,000 scholarships from the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, it was announced at the annual Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner Jan. 12 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.

The PhilaU awardees included fashion merchandising and management students Megan Belz ’16, Madeline Bill ’16, Nicole Braun ’17, Meghan DeMeglio ’16 and Melissa Hummer ’16. The winning fashion design students are Vivian Cooper ’17, Maria D’Agostino ’16, Julia Pogue ’17 and Emily Van Horn ’17.

“The YMA scholarship is a very prestigious award given to highly qualified fashion students,” said Beth Mariotz, Anthony J. DiElsi Term Chair and director of fashion merchandising and management. “The PhilaU students are to be commended for their dedication and commitment to their discipline.”

The awards dinner is one of the fashion industry’s biggest events of the year, and the PhilaU students got to meet and mingle with some top industry leaders and fashion celebrities. Actress and fashion entrepreneur Jessica Simpson, who runs a $1 billion fashion empire, received the Future of Fashion Award at the event. The student scholarship winners also were invited to attend a career fair the next day to meet with hiring managers of top fashion firms.

“The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund is the gold standard in student scholarship programs,” said Sheila Connelly. “The success of our students underscores how PhilaU’s approach to active, collaborative and transdisciplinary learning enables our students to work on industry briefs with winning results.”

The YMA-FSF is a highly competitive scholarship that this year attracted 400 applicants from 48 member schools. PhilaU had one of the highest numbers of students winning scholarships this year. Other schools participating in the scholarship program include Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Parsons the New School for Design, Fashion Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute.

In addition to having a GPA of 3 or above, applicants had to submit a detailed case study exhibiting creativity and innovation for the fashion and beauty subscription-based service business model.

“I was thrilled and honored to be one of the winners of the YMA scholarship,” said Vivian Cooper, a junior fashion design student studying in Rome this semester. “It was so rewarding to have all of my hard work pay off. This scholarship has already given me so many connections and I am truly grateful to Philadelphia University and the FSF for giving me this amazing opportunity.”

Philip Russel, Ph.D., professor of finance, will assume a new leadership role as dean of graduate education for Philadelphia University, effective July 1, 2016.

In his new role, Russel will chair the Graduate Council, coordinate the academic portion of graduate student orientations, facilitate graduate assistantship assignments and work on new program development and enhancing services to graduate students.

Russel, who will maintain his academic appointment, has been serving as interim academic dean of the School of Business Administration. He will work closely with academic leadership teams to manage the strategic growth of graduate programs throughout the University.

“I would like to thank Dr. Russel for his great work as interim academic dean of the School of Business Administration,” said Provost Matt Dane Baker. “His leadership has been critical in maintaining SBA programs and moving school initiatives forward, and he will be instrumental in our continued commitment to grow increase graduate programs and initiatives in the future.

Russel earned his Ph.D., from the University of Massachusetts, MBA from Morgan State University and BCom, MA from the University of Delhi.

Penn State University basketball coach Pat Chambers talked about his playing days as a PhilaU Ram and how that may impact his coaching, reported Jan. 21. When asked about Chambers’ three-point shooting, PhilaU men’s basketball coach Herb Magee said, “His job was a facilitator. And he was very, very good at it, one of the best we’ve ever had.”