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Monday 10/23 20%
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Tuesday 10/24 100%
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Barry Burton, D.O., visiting assistant professor in the Disaster Medicine and Management Program, discussed health concerns facing Puerto Rico’s hurricane victims, including lack of clean water and proper sanitation and infrastructure, in an Oct. 20 Weather Channel story.

Industrial design seniors Alex Marino and Angela Banner lit up Laurel Hill Cemetery last year.

Industrial design seniors Alex Marino and Angela Banner lit up Laurel Hill Cemetery last year.

Jefferson industrial design, architecture and interior design students will help light up the night at one of the spookiest events of the season this weekend.

The Laurel Hill Cemetery annual Halloween Soul Crawl: Haunted History tour will take place Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21. The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) students created four different stations throughout the cemetery – including at the mausoleum and obelisk – that will feature the vibrant and haunting light shows.

The sixteen juniors and seniors worked on the light shows as part of a class project in two lighting courses taught by Lyn Godley, associate professor of industrial design. The courses are part of a lighting concentration in the industrial design program that was first offered last fall.

The annual Soul Crawl features flashlight tours along winding, dimly-lit paths, focusing on the cemetery’s rich history and the spirits buried within.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. Jefferson students with ID can purchase discounted $10 tickets. Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance is located at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19132.

The day will offer an in-depth look at Jefferson’s fashion and textile programs.

The day will offer prospective students an in-depth look at Jefferson’s fashion and textile programs.

Prospective students, parents and guests will experience “a taste of life in our programs” at Discover Fashion and Textiles Day on Oct. 24, said Marcia Weiss, director of the Fashion and Textiles Futures Center and associate professor of textile design at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).

“It’s a wonderful chance to learn more about Jefferson and the exciting areas in which our students and alumni thrive,” she said.

The day will offer an in-depth look at Jefferson’s fashion and textile programs, featuring program meetings, a tour of the Fashion and Textiles Futures Center, classroom visits, a session exploring the majors and an alumni panel, including Katherine Cavaliere ’15, regional assistant for Gap, and Brittany DeColli ’16, product development coordinator at Coach.

An alumni panel will offer insights into the University’s fashion and textile programs.

An alumni panel will share insights into the University’s fashion and textile programs.

Textile design student Becka Meschler said attending last year’s event solidified her decision to come to Jefferson. “I fell in love with the school this day, especially after hearing all the amazing things alumni did,” she said.

The 2016 Discovery Day also swayed fashion merchandising and management student Evelyn Cuko. She had applied to nine different schools and narrowed down her choices to the Fashion Institute of Technology and Jefferson.

“I was stuck between the two,” she recalled. “It wasn’t until I went to Fashion and Textiles Day that I realized Jefferson was the school for me. They didn’t just talk about the school statistics. They talked about how this program is unique in how it sets up its students to succeed, which was different. But what stood out to me the most was Jefferson showed that I wouldn’t be just a number. I mattered.”

Fashion merchandising and management student Amirah Hutchison had a similar experience last year and left campus knowing she would choose the right path by committing to Jefferson.

“I gained a deeper view on what you can accomplish within the fashion industry,” she said. “I saw that Jefferson is filled with faculty members who will help you reach every goal and will still work with you once you’ve reached the top. I could tell these professors would do whatever it takes to bring out the best in us.”

Discover Fashion and Textiles Day is Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jefferson’s East Falls campus. Visit here to register.

DaveAhead of this Sunday’s Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship at Delaware’s White Clay Creek Park, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) head coach Dave Thomas was named the 2017 CACC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.

It marks the sixth time that Thomas has received the women’s honor from the conference. He also earned the award twice for the men’s team.

The women are trying to win their fourth-straight CACC Championship and their ninth in the last 10 years when the squad laces up at White Clay this weekend. The Rams’ cross country programs have combined to win 10 CACC championships (eight for the women and two for the men) in Thomas’ first 11 years at the helm.

The Philadelphia Business Journal has named Stephen Klasko, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, to its 2017 Power 100 list of the region’s most influential people.

Klasko “favors creating change over reacting to it,” the Business Journal said in its Oct. 16 report. Referring to recent mergers with regional health systems and the Philadelphia University-Thomas Jefferson University merger, Klasko said, “It’s not impossible we would have another merger or two, but you are also going to see [Jefferson involved in] more creative partnerships.”

Eagles Autism ChallengeThe Eagles Autism Challenge on May 19, 2018, is an opportunity to join the team at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) with our longtime partners at the Philadelphia Eagles to make a positive difference, helping to generate new funding for autism research and treatment programs.

The one-day bike ride and family-friendly 5K run/walk will feature Eagles players, alumni, coaches, executives, cheerleaders and Swoop. Festivities will begin with a kick-off party at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday evening, May 18, and culminate Saturday, May 19, with a celebration on the field after crossing the finish line.

The Eagles Autism Challenge will direct 100 percent of participant-raised funds to autism research and/or programs at all beneficiary partner institutions—Jefferson and Jefferson Health, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Drexel University.

Click here for an event overview, and visit here to register with Team Jefferson.

Barbara Hackley presented her research at the PROMIS in Action meeting in Philadelphia.

Barbara Hackley presented her research at the PROMIS in Action meeting in Philadelphia.

Barbara Hackley, associate professor of midwifery and program director for the doctorate in midwifery at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), presented her research on improving health outcomes in underserved populations at PROMIS in Action: Clinical and Research Implementation and Implications meeting Oct. 17 in Philadelphia.

“Despite the strong link to health from social factors—such as unemployment, poor education, unhealthy nutrition, housing and food insecurity, and exposure to community and family violence—health care institutions have not routinely screened for social determinants of health in primary care visits,” said Hackley, the Dorothea Lang Term Chair in Midwifery. “Historically, health agencies have had philosophic objections, feeling this screening should be done by social or mental health agencies, not health agencies, or felt incapable to respond to the overwhelming need.”

With team members from New York’s South Bronx Health Center in partnership with the Children’s Health Fund, she created and validated a 15-item questionnaire for patients based on their perceived stress, the underlying mechanism by which social stressors undermine health, Hackley said.

Only a handful of instruments exist to screen for social determinants, even fewer are validated and none are designed to detect stress, making their new tool a unique, strong contribution to the field, she said.

“It can be used to identify and direct patients to needed services, as well as monitor whether stress levels related to social determinants of health improve or worsen over time,” Hackley explained.

Jefferson Head Coach Herb Magee enters his 51st season with 1,053 career wins.

Jefferson Head Coach Herb Magee enters his 51st season with 1,053 career wins.

The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men’s basketball team will play the Temple Owls on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. All ticket sales from the game will be donated to One America Appeal to benefit those impacted by the recent hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. It’s the first time the two teams have played each other since 1976.

“It is a tremendous opportunity for our team,” said Jefferson Head Coach Herb Magee, entering his 51st season with 1,053 career wins. “Temple Head Coach Fran Dunphy and I have been friends for a long time. We talked about playing one day, and that time is now. We’re looking forward to it, especially as we begin our new era as the Jefferson Rams. Being able to provide aid to those impacted by the recent natural disasters makes this game that much more special.”

The teams met four times in the 1920s and twice in the 1950s with Temple winning six matchups. The game was renewed in the 1970s with Magee at the helm of the Rams. Magee is 3-2 against the Owls, winning the last two matchups back on Feb. 3, 1975 and Jan. 17, 1976. The Rams are 3-8 against Temple all time with the three wins coming in Magee’s tenure.

“When the opportunity presented itself to play an exhibition game to raise money for the people suffering from the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, we knew right away that we needed to be a part of it,” Dunphy said. “I called my good friend, Herb Magee, one of the most respected men in the business, and he felt the same way. This gives our fans a rare opportunity to see our programs compete while also helping out those in need.”

Tickets for the charity exhibition game will be $10 (reserved seating). They’re available online or by calling the Temple Ticket Office at (215) 204-TIXX. Admission for Jefferson students is free with a current student ID card.

Temple leads all-time series, 8-3
1923-24: Temple def. Philadelphia, 16-14
1924-25: Temple def. Philadelphia, 35-18
Dec. 4, 1926: Temple def. Philadelphia, 52-21
Dec. 3, 1927: Temple def. Philadelphia, 72-18
Dec. 8, 1950: Temple def. Philadelphia, 86-65
Dec. 5, 1951: Temple def. Philadelphia, 75-34
Feb. 28, 1972: Temple def. Philadelphia, 57-51
Jan. 3, 1973: Philadelphia def. Temple, 58-52
Feb. 22, 1974: Temple def. Philadelphia, 65-53
Feb. 3, 1975: Philadelphia def. Temple, 69-59
Jan. 17, 1976: Philadelphia def. Temple, 70-58
Nov. 9, 2017: Jefferson at Temple, 7:30 p.m.

The Jefferson Rams will go up against the Temple Owls Nov. 9 at the Liacouras Center to raise funds for hurricane victims, The Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC Sports Philadelphia reported Oct. 18.

The last time the two iconic Philly teams met on the court was in 1976, when Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) was the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences. The Rams, coached by current head men’s coach Herb Magee, won that game 70-58.

The NCAA approved a waiver for the exhibition game between DII Jefferson and DI Temple. All ticket sales from the game will be donated to One America Appeal to benefit those impacted by the recent hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Tickets for the game are free for current Jefferson students and $10 for others. For more information on ticket sales, starting Oct. 18, click here.

Sisters Lauren (right) and Victoria Coaxum received TLC's Give A Little TLC award.

Sisters Lauren (right) and Victoria Coaxum received TLC’s Give A Little TLC award.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) student Lauren Coaxum recently received TLC’s Give A Little TLC award for creating an anti-cyberbullying organization that focuses on promoting positive self-esteem and using the internet for good.

Through her love of music and passion for helping others, she founded the nonprofit Think Before You Type with her sister, Victoria, in 2012.

“We’ve been able to interview dozens of music artists and other influential individuals about topics related to cyberbullying, self-esteem and positive internet use,” Coaxum said. “I love having the opportunity to have a hand in the entire process of working on an interview, from researching and writing questions to editing the final product. It’s so amazing to talk with musicians about their craft and to get them talking about topics that fit in with Think Before You Type’s mission.”

The network hosted the inaugural Give A Little TLC awards to honor people making a difference in preventing bullying. October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

See Coaxum’s recent interview on Fox29’s Good Day below.