Weather Forecast for Philadelphia

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Monday 11/30 30%
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Cloudy with a few showers. High 44F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
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Tuesday 12/01 70%
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Steady light rain in the morning. Showers continuing in the afternoon. High 54F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
Wednesday 12/02 90%
Rain likely. High 57F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
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Thursday 12/03 20%
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Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High near 50F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday 12/04 0%
Mainly sunny. High around 50F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.


Neil Harner, director of the graduate program in user experience and interaction design, said Philadelphia’s new parking app, meterUP, has some drawbacks but is likely to be improved in future iterations, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported Nov. 28.

Harner said the 1.0 version of any app will have hiccups. “The product will never be finished because they should continue to iterate,” he said.

Adrienne Larsen, who earned her  M.S. in textile in engineering in 2013, published a knitting book called “Welts & Waves: 16 Short Row and Welted Projects,” the Fargo, N.D. newspaper Inforum reported Nov. 29. The book includes projects from apparel to blankets and accessories.

“The 31-year-old Fargo woman is a knitwear designer whose designs have appeared in national publications and have been distributed nationally through Urban Outfitters,” according to the story.

Philadelphia University architecture and historic preservation students are helping to assess the historic significance of buildings in Chestnut Hill, Newsworks reported Nov. 24. The 13 students are researching the buildings for the Chestnut Hill Historical Society for possible inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

The project reflects PhilaU’s commitment to real-world learning experiences, said David Breiner, associate dean of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Philadelphia University’s  Landscape Architecture Program has been named one of the top five most-admired landscape architecture programs in the country, according to the 2016 DesignIntelligence dean’s survey.

Philadelphia University is offering a new professional certificate program in childhood trauma studies starting in the spring 2016 semester, with the first class meeting January 14.

In addition, PhilaU undergraduate students who complete the four-course curriculum can earn a minor in childhood trauma studies.

The certificate program is open to professionals and paraprofessionals who work with or wish to work with children and families in a variety of settings and disciplines, as well as PhilaU undergraduate and graduate students who seek to understand the complex impact of childhood trauma on development. The program offers advanced trauma knowledge, skills and competencies to promote healing and growth for children and families impacted by childhood adversity.

All tuition costs for professionals and paraprofessionals accepted into the program will be funded by the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, a partner in the program. For PhilaU students, the tuition will be part of their regular semester tuition fees.

Children growing up today in cities like Philadelphia are likely to be victims of crime, witness violence, or engage in criminal activity, all of which can serve to negatively impact mental health outcomes, said Jeanne Felter, Ph.D., director of PhilaU’s M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling program, who is overseeing the certificate program.

“The overwhelming incidence and impact of childhood adversity demands that universities offer training to students and community members in an effort to build a trauma-informed workforce,” Felter said. “Trauma-informed professionals recognize that many children and adults have experienced traumatic events, they consider the pervasive impact such trauma may have on a child’s well- being, and they engage with children and families with compassion, sensitivity and intention to aid in healing.”

Courses will meet off-campus on Thursday evenings from 5:15 to 8:15 p.m. at One Penn Center, 1617 JFK Boulevard in Philadelphia. Evening meals, course materials and transportation expenses will be supported by the United Way. The program will accept up to 18 students, half of them professionals and paraprofessionals and half PhilaU students.

The certificate program is a partnership between PhilaU, United Way and the Institute for Family Professionals, a division of Lakeside Educational Network, which is providing the curriculum and certified instructors.

For more information on the Childhood Trauma Studies certificate program, go to

Graphic design communication students Ghadeer Helal and Molly Coleman won, respectively, the People’s Choice Award and first honorable mention in the 2015 Collab student competition sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

For this year’s competition, students from area colleges and universities were asked to design their own personal brand identity materials, inspired by the work of influential designer Bruce Mau. The winners were announced Nov. 16.

Molly Coleman received first honorable mention in the Collab student design competition.

Molly Coleman received first honorable mention in the Collab student design competition.

“I feel very honored to have been recognized,” Coleman said. Her project “was meant to embody a rugged and outdoorsy feel, which I captured through my love of hand-done type. I wanted to preserve the timeless attitude it gives off and to physically show it by making beer labels in an old time carrier.”

One of the five judges, Dan King, creative director of film at BlueCadet, said Coleman’s entry, including a wooden box filled with edible ingredients, reflected the overall theme well. “There’s an authentic hand-made quality to her work,” he said.

Helal’s project was announced as the People’s Choice winner at the Nov. 20 Collab awards ceremony. From Nov. 18-20, 40 of the top projects, including many by PhilaU students, were exhibited at the museum and visitors were able to vote for their favorite.

“I was inspired by my sketchbook and mixed the patterns I always draw with letters to create my personal identity system,” Helal said.

The ebola awareness posters created by Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel, associate professor of graphic design communication, are being featured on

The posters are part of a larger awareness and fundraising poster campaign, featuring some 20 designers, that Kradel-Weitzel initiated earlier this year. Read the PhilaU Today story here.

Cheer on the PhilaU women’s volleyball team as they go up against Dominican in the CACC championship quarterfinals game at home tonight at 7 p.m. in the Gallagher Athletic Center.

Admission is free for students with ID.


PhilaU fashion design alumna Jovan O’Connor designs and produces luxurious fashions locally, 6ABC reported Nov. 16. O’Connor told 6ABC’s Alicia Vitarelli that she got her first break as a PhilaU fashion design student when she designed a gown for star Patti LaBelle.

O’Connor graduated in 2006 and participated in the Macy’s Philadelphia Fashion Incubator in 2014.

PhilaU architecture students work in the studio.

PhilaU architecture students work in the studio.

Philadelphia University’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment has received the 2015 NCARB Award to develop strategies for architectural textile composites for building envelopes.

PhilaU will receive $34,208 in funding for an interdisciplinary and experimental architecture design studio to explore innovative approaches to architectural textile composites, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced Nov. 13 at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s administrators’ conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

PhilaU students in architecture, engineering and textiles will study emerging technologies, new materials and environmental issues, and demonstrate how architects can drive the creation of innovative materials systems and technologies.

The project will get underway next semester as a pilot course open to fourth- and fifth-year architecture students, and junior, senior and graduate students in industrial and textile design. The course then will be assessed, with the expectation that it will become an ongoing electives option, and possibly expanded to include other disciplines, said Kihong Ku, associate professor of architecture, who spearheaded the proposal.

“This Interdisciplinary Design and Experimental Architecture Studio approach builds on the university’s strength as a center of excellence in architectural innovation, textile design and engineering,” Ku said. “This project challenges architecture, industrial and textile design students to push innovation at the intersection of their disciplines, while facilitating meaningful interaction with architectural professionals. Simultaneously, the practitioners will have access to the expertise and intellect of PhilaU students and faculty to address emerging materials strategies and their implementation in practice.”

Other faculty members collaborating on the project include Christian Jordan, adjunct architecture professor, Lyn Godley, associate professor of industrial design and Marcia Weiss, Harold Neuman Textile Design Chair and director of textile design, as well as architects Petra Stanev and Ryan Lohbauer of stanev potts architects.

The NCARB award jury “recognized the proposal’s interdisciplinary collaboration and rigorous assessment of its outcomes,” the organization said.

The NCARB Award for the Integration of Practice and Education is designed to help schools implement new programs that bridge the gap between practice and education in a classroom, seminar or studio setting. In addition to PhilaU, architecture programs at Mississippi State University and University of Florida also received awards.

Read the Architect story on the NCARB Award here.