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USA Today published a long feature Jan 28 on the career of PhilaU men’s basketball Coach Herb Magee, who is closing in on his 1,000th career win.

Ashlee Bowers' face chart illustration will soon be found in ULTA Beauty stores.

Ashlee Bowers’ face chart illustration will soon be found in ULTA Beauty stores.

Prints of a cosmetics face chart created by fashion design sophomore Ashlee Bowers will soon be used for customer makeup demonstrations in ULTA Beauty stores.

The international cosmetics brand challenged PhilaU students to give Laura Geller Beauty’s current chart a facelift, so to speak, and Bowers’ illustration was selected from among 10 student submissions.

Ashlee Bowers’ illustration was selected from among 10 student submissions.

Ashlee Bowers’ illustration will be used for customer makeup demonstrations.

“Ashlee captured the essence of the brand and met the objectives delivering a beautiful and professional quality illustration,” said Tricia Perri, Laura Geller Beauty design director. “Everyone at LGB is excited to have a valuable educational asset to use in our makeup demonstrations and other creative materials.”

“I am so excited to be recognized by Laura Geller,” Bowers said. “I went into the project as a learning experience and came out with so much more.”

“Ashlee has an incredible talent for drawing fashion,” Lisa Steinberg, fashion design faculty member, who invited students in her fashion illustration and fashion drawing classes to participate in the project. “The illustration went through three rounds of changes, and Ashlee listened to the critiques and patiently created the changes within the company’s deadline.”

Though one winner was chosen, Laura Geller representatives told Steinberg each student submission demonstrated talent, creativity and a unique style and flair for fashion.

Laura Geller Beauty products, found on QVC, online and in retails outlets in the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, are focused on making makeup fun, easy and accessible.

PhilaU men’s basketball coach Herb Magee is approaching his 1,000th career win, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Jan. 27.

PhilaU Athletic Director Tom Shirley, head women’s basketball coach, has been appointed to the NCAA Division II Championships Committee. As a Committee member, Shirley’s responsibilities will include making budgetary recommendations and supervising the DII championship selection procedures.

Senior guard and team captain Najah Jacobs, named this week’s CACC  player of the week, is a star on the PhilaU court, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jan. 27. Jacobs, a law and society major who is applying to law schools for next year, is averaging 20.1 points per game and making 45 percent of three-pointers for the 13-3 Lady Rams. “She’s a captain and really a leader,” women’s coach Tom Shirley said.

As head men’s basketball coach Herb Magee approaches the 1,000 career wins milestone, news coverage has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, Reuters and other outlets.

On Jan. 26, Fox29 reported live from PhilaU’s Gallagher Center, featuring Magee and the men’s and women’s basketball teams.  Watch a video clip here.


PhilaU head men’s basketball coach Herb Magee is approaching his 1,000th career win “just like any other,” according to the Jan. 23 Philadelphia Daily News, which featured a back-page cover of Magee and a by-the-numbers look at Magee’s career and how he closed in on 1,000 wins. Magee is currently at 997 wins and could reach win 1,000 as soon as Jan. 29.

“And so the kid who just wanted to be a player for West Catholic is about to make more history,” Mike Kern wrote in the Daily News. “It’s a legacy we might never see in this town again.”

The Philadelphia Daily News also reprinted a story from Nov. 19, 1991, when Coach Magee was closing in on his 500th win.



Classmates, fellow alumni and friends of Philadelphia University have established an endowed scholarship to honor architecture alumna Amber Long, a year after she was tragically slain during a robbery.

amber longThe Amber Long ’11 Endowed Scholarship is the first endowed scholarship for students in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, ensuring that Long’s positive impact on PhilaU’s architecture program will be honored for generations to come. The first award will be made to a deserving architecture student starting fall 2015.

As of this week, the Amber Long ’11 Endowed Scholarship has reached more than $29,000 in contributions, exceeding the $25,000 minimum required to endow a scholarship at PhilaU. There was a surge in generous donations in the week leading up to the one-year anniversary of Long’s death, with over 100 people raising more than $10,000. In all, more than 200 donors contributed to the scholarship fund established after Long’s death on January 19, 2014.

Long, who most recently was working at Nest Architecture in Philadelphia, was a gifted student at PhilaU. Her intense focus, dedication and work ethic could be seen in the impressive detail of her projects.

“She was talented, passionate, generous of spirit and viewed architecture as a way to make a positive impact on the world,” said Susan Frosten, associate provost and associate professor in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, who had Long as a student.

Long was passionate about sustainable design, and was part of the student team that won the grand prize for overall excellence in the 2009 Delaware Valley Green Building Council student design competition. Her winning design for a sustainable, cooperative food market was chosen from more than 90 entries from an impressive roster of international schools. Her thesis examined the role of environmental sustainability, economics and consumer priorities in speculatively built homes.

A painting of the Reichlin House done by Long hangs in the dining room of the President’s house. President Stephen Spinelli Jr. commissioned Long, a talented artist, to create the work during her senior year.

To make a donation or learn more about the scholarship, click here.

PhilaU senior guard Najah Jacobs, averaging a team-high 20.1 points per game, is a key reason for the success of the Lady Rams this season, CBS Philly and KYW Newsradio reported Jan. 23. Head women’s coach Tom Shirley said Jacobs has “really developed her game” at PhilaU.

Assistant marketing professor Jason Crook says Philadelphia’s Gallery mall in the heart of the city’s tourist corridor needs a makeover to better the economic needs of the city, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Jan. 21.