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Philadelphia University fashion programs were lauded as among the best in the world by Business of Fashion’s new global study, Philadelphia magazine reported Aug. 26.

Read the PhilaU Today story here.

 

The annual Philadelphia University Show highlights the best of each year's innovative student designs.

The annual Philadelphia University Show highlights the best of each year’s innovative student designs.

Philadelphia University’s undergraduate and graduate fashion programs were ranked among the top programs worldwide in the just-released Business of Fashion Global Fashion School Rankings.

In particular, PhilaU undergraduate fashion programs were ranked 4th in learning experience, while graduate programs were ranked 3rd in long-term value and 5th in learning experience.

At the same time, PhilaU undergraduate fashion students reported that they were the most satisfied of students from all institutions. According to Business of Fashion, PhilaU students “praised the school’s teaching staff highly, citing their accessibility and commitment to student development.” Students were also highly satisfied with campus buildings and work facilities, including state-of-the-art weave, knit and print facilities.

Overall, PhilaU undergraduate fashion programs were ranked 16th and graduate fashion programs were ranked 10th in the Business of Fashion report on the top fashion programs worldwide.

“We are so pleased to be recognized by Business of Fashion for the academic excellence of our fashion programs and how well prepared our graduates are to lead successful careers in the fashion industry,” said Sheila Connelly, director of PhilaU’s fashion design program. “I am particularly proud that our students reported being the most satisfied of those across all institutions.”

The Business of Fashion said its first global fashion school ranking is designed to provide an objective assessment of the top undergraduate and graduate fashion programs worldwide. The rankings, which are based on 60 different data points gathered from institutions, student and alumni surveys, feedback from human resource professionals and global fashion influencers, assess three major indicators of quality: global influence, learning experience and long-term value.

Philadelphia University fashion programs include undergraduate programs in fashion design, textile design, fashion merchandising and management and graduate programs in textile design and global fashion enterprise.

In other recent accolades, PhilaU fashion programs were ranked among the “Top 50 Fashion Schools in the World,” for the second time last December by Fashionista, a leading international web site for fashion news. Read more here.

Philadelphia University’s nationally recognized master’s program in physician assistant studies welcomed the first class of students to its New Jersey program, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported Aug. 25.  PhilaU president Stephen Spinelli Jr. and Michael Dryer, executive dean of the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, were quoted in the story.

Starting at noon today, members of PhilaU’s Sigma Nu fraternity will cycle for 36 hours straight on a stationary bike outside the Kanbar Campus Center to raise funds for the Pancreatic Action Network. About a dozen members of the Mu Pi chapter will take turns on the bike through midnight on Aug. 27. Their goal is to raise $1000 to support research initiatives and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.

Stop by to cheer on the cyclists and also check out the Involvement Fair highlighting student organizations outside the Kanbar Center starting at 1:30 p.m. today.

Philadelphia University’s fashion programs have been ranked among the top schools in the world by Business of Fashion in its first global fashion school rankings report, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Aug. 25. PhilaU undergraduate fashion programs were ranked 16th and graduate programs were ranked 10th worldwide.

CEOWorld magazine also reported on the fashion rankings.

Read the PhilaU Today story here.

Philadelphia University’s undergraduate and graduate fashion programs were ranked among the top 20 internationally in the just-released Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School Rankings, the New York Times reported Aug. 24.

PhilaU was ranked 16th for undergraduate fashion programs and 10th for graduate fashion programs.

The first Business of Fashion international fashion school rankings is based on a rigorous methodology and underscores the importance of fashion education, the New York Times said.

The rankings were also reported by the U.K.-based The Guardian and Times Higher Education.

Read the PhilaU Today story here.

 

Students and their families are welcomed at Convocation by cheering faculty.

Students and their families are welcomed at Convocation by cheering faculty.

Philadelphia University welcomed an excited crowd of some 650 new students and their families at the 2015 Convocation ceremony on Aug. 20.

“Today marks the beginning of your journey of turning your passion into your profession,” President Stephen Spinelli Jr. said in welcoming the students and family members in the Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center. “Your options are limitless and we are impatient to see what you will accomplish.”

President Spinelli welcomes new students to the PhilaU family.

President Spinelli welcomes new students to the PhilaU family.

Convocation marks the first official gathering of the Class of 2019 and–for five-year architecture students–the Class of 2020. Students and family members entered the Gallagher Center to a line-up of faculty members and staff in maroon and gray PhilaU t-shirts, who cheered as they walked into the building.

Alumnus Derrick Linton ’11, an architect and project manager at GnP Design Group, encouraged the students to work hard and get the most they can from their PhilaU educations. “Career services is great–I was there updating my resume when I was still a freshman,” he said. “There are plenty of alumni who have great connections in industry, so use those connections.”

“Use all the resources here,” he advised. “You’re on an inspiring path and success will take time, but you will be successful.”

Derrick Linton '11 offered some welcoming advice to students.

Derrick Linton ’11 offered some welcoming advice to students.

Kayleen Kane ’16, Student Government Association president, told her new classmates, “Now it’s your turn to be part of our team. Three simple words define what we are all about here: Powered to Do. Keep that in mind as you challenge yourself to achieve big goals.”

At the ceremony, four Centennial Medals were presented to outstanding high school educators nominated by incoming PhilaU students. The annual awards were created in 1984 by the Board of Trustees to celebrate Philadelphia University’s 100th anniversary.

This year for the first time a PhilaU alumna–Amanda Keeports ’88–was honored with a Centennial Medal.

PhilaU students and Centennial Medal winners (left to right): Barbara Nealon. Usha Baublitz, Florin Firimita, Claire Domogala, Amanda Keeports, Vanessa Fath and Neilah Lizwelicha.

PhilaU students and Centennial Medal winners (left to right): Barbara Nealon. Usha Baublitz, Florin Firimita, Claire Domogala, Amanda Keeports, Vanessa Fath and Neilah Lizwelicha.

“Amanda Keeports’ guidance, creativity and motivation in these early stages of my fashion career have been key factors in my final decision to continue to grow at Philadelphia University,” freshman fashion design student Vanessa Fath said of her former teacher.

“This is a real honor and I was thrilled when Vanessa made her commitment to my alma mater,” said Keeports, who teaches fashion design and textile studies at Washington Township High School in Sewell, N.J.

Three additional Centennial Medal recipients were honored at the ceremony:

  • Claire Domogala, physician assistant studies student, nominated Florin Firimita, art teacher at Pomperaug High School in Southbury, Conn.
  • Neilah Lizwelicha, textile design student, nominated Robert Ponzio, art teacher at Oak Hill School in Gainesville, Fla.
  • Usha Baublitz, physician assistant studies student, nominated Barbara Nealon, a science teacher at Susquehannock High School in Glen Rock, Pa.

As the students, many of whom had moved into residence halls earlier that day, prepared to say goodbye to their families and embark on their college careers, they got a parting message from President Spinelli: “Welcome and welcome home,” he said. “I expect great things from all of you.”

Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2015 and faculty members.

Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2015 and faculty members.

In front of a joyful crowd of family, friends and faculty members, 42 physician assistant studies students celebrated their commencement on Aug. 14, reciting the oath to carry out their responsibilities as health care providers with honesty and dedication.

Class of ‘ 15 Co-Presidents Eric Jacala  and Molly Pak addressed their fellow M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies graduates, who are heading out to work in a wide variety of health care settings and specialties.

Awards for this year’s graduates included:

  • Class President’s Award for Student Service: Virginia Elizabeth Tran
  • Dr. Joel Chinitz Award for Community Service: Laura Elizabeth Wall
  • Dr. Edward D. Dowden Award for Academic Excellence: Sarah Jeanne Fletcher
  • Program Director’s Award for  Clinical Excellence – Jessica Lynn Barndt
  • Clinical Preceptor of the Year for Outstanding Performance as Medical Educators and for Assisting in the Advancement of PA Education: Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates

Retiring Professor Michael Rackover, M.S., PA-C, former director of the program, delivered the keynote address and was recognized for his many years of contributions to PhilaU’s PA program and the physician assistant field.

PhilaU physician assistant studies graduates have achieved a five-year average 95-percent pass rate for first-time takers of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination, which is higher than the national average.

Philadelphia University’s M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies program focuses on preparing health care professionals who extend and complement the capabilities of physicians in the delivery of health care in today’s rapidly changing medical environment. The program, which has been nationally recognized by U. S. News and World Report, offers a strong academic foundation as well as a wide range of clinical experiences.

 

Four Philadelphia University industrial design students created innovative products for Target’s back-to-school line, 6ABC reported Aug. 11. Students Nick Friez, Chloe Muller, Anthony Maladra and Sam Pawlak and faculty members Mike Leonard and Lyn Godley were interviewed for the segment. The students were asked to come up with design solutions for living in dorms and other small spaces. Their products are for sale at some 1,800 stores and online at target.com.

Watch the video here.

The 6ABC story was picked up by Yahoo! News.

Matt Dane Baker has been named provost of Philadelphia University, Inside Higher Ed reported Aug. 12.