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“The PVH Corp. Philadelphia University Annual Fashion Show presented the most innovative and creative works by the school’s design and textile-design students,” Women’s Wear Daily reported May 1.

“What’s so great about this fashion show is that it focuses on the amazing workmanship of the student,” said Carson Kressley, fashion celebrity and PhilaU Trustee, who served as honorary chair of the show.

The article mentioned award-winning designers Tia Pion, Lori Petrashune, Kayla Donovan and Jenna Michel and Taylor Bergeron and included a slideshow showcasing a variety of PhilaU Fashion Show designs.

Tia Pion's colorful unisex collection is honored as best senior collection.

Tia Pion’s colorful unisex collection is honored as best senior collection.

Hundreds of dazzling, innovative and collaborative student fashion designs enthralled an audience of almost 1,000 people at The PVH Philadelphia University 2015 Annual Fashion Show on April 30 at Moulin at Sherman Mills in East Falls.

Kayla Donovan’s gown, made in collaboration with textile design student Jennifer Biggs, wins “best of show.”

Kayla Donovan’s gown, made in collaboration with textile design student Jennifer Biggs, wins “best of show.”

The event showcased 250 of the year’s best student designs, including Kayla Donovan’s “best of show” green chiffon dress inspired by architecture and the psychedelic ’70s; Amber Bowden’s show-stopping sportswear collection featuring bold floral prints and bright colors; and a dazzling, seven-piece bridal collection by Taylor Bergeron and Jenna Michel.

Emmy Award-winning fashion celebrity Carson Kressley, a member of PhilaU’s board of trustees, served as the Fashion Show’s honorary chair. “I get to interact with students on a really frequent basis, and each time I come to campus I am so inspired,” Kressley said. “At PhilaU, the students are ready to dive in to the fashion world immediately. They aren’t just prepared to be fashion pros. They already are fashion professionals.”

Celebrating Philadelphia University’s rich heritage in textiles, many fashion design students partnered with textile design students to create garments from custom-designed print, woven and knit fabrics made in the University’s state-of-the-art textile studios.

Amber Bowden’s collection, in collaboration with textile design students Samantha Fletcher and Andrea Mata, wins two awards.

Amber Bowden’s collection, made in collaboration with textile design students Samantha Fletcher and Andrea Mata, wins two awards.

“These collaborations have added a richness and a layer of complexity to our students’ designs,” said Sheila Connelly, fashion design program director.

The evening’s showcase featured two student collections that were shown this February at New York Fashion Week. Tia Pion’s best senior collection included four whimsical sportswear looks and accessories inspired by the paintings of Wayne Thiebaud. Recent graduate Dana Jackson’s outstanding senior collection featured extensive beadwork, and a blue and tan color palette and textures inspired by the beauty of deteriorating buildings on Goree Island.

Two additional award-winning student collections will be featured during the fall 2015 New York Fashion Week: Kristen Heun’s nomad-inspired collection featuring oversized shapes and muted colors, and Kayla Donovan’s collection, a collaboration with textile designer Jennifer Biggs, featuring gowns, sweaters and a green leather jacket reflecting Tibetan gods and goddesses.

NBC10 meteorologist Bill Henley and Philadelphia Style Magazine Editor-in-Chief Kristin Detterline served, respectively, as emcee and commentator at the Fashion Show.

Nicole Murphy wins the Carson Kressley award for "Most Ready for Retail" collection.

Nicole Murphy wins the Carson Kressley award for “most ready for retail” collection.

The enthusiastic audience, who cheered for their favorite designs, included students, family members, faculty, staff, alumni, apparel and fashion industry executives and honorees. Nearly 50 industry leaders and employers attended an Industry First Look show featuring senior collections prior to the Annual Fashion Show.

Both shows were produced by fashion merchandising and management students in PhilaU’s Fashion Industries Association.

Student winners at the 2015 Annual Fashion Show included:

CARSON KRESSLEY AWARD
Most Ready for Retail: Nicole Murphy

COATES BROTHERS CLOTHING AWARD
Sustainable Design: Tia Pion

COLLECTION XVIII AWARD
Collaborative Textile Design for Womenswear: Amber Bowden, Samantha Fletcher and Andrea Mata

DESTINATION MATERNITY AWARD
Excellence in Sportswear Design: Amber Bowden

FASHION DESIGN FACULTY AWARD
Excellence in Design: Kayla Donovan

FASHION INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION AWARDS
Best of Show: Kayla Donovan
Best Senior Collection: Tia Pion
Best Senior Collection Honorable Mention: Kristen Heun

FRANK AGOSTINO AWARD
Eveningwear Award for Excellence in Design and Execution: Jonathan Cantu

JOAN CALABRESE AWARD
Excellence in Childrenswear: Maria Balestino

MACY’S AWARD
Overall Excellence in Workmanship and Quality: Jenna Michel and Taylor Bergeron

N.A.M.S.B. FOUNDATION AWARD INC.
Joseph Klein Award for Excellence in Menswear Design: Brittany McFadden and Lauren Casale

NEXUS LEARNING AWARD
A Collaborative Design Initiative: Gina Ferrero and Courtney Lyle

NICHOLAS LOUIS PALUMBO AWARD
Outstanding Junior Design: Ariel Irizarry

PVH AWARD
Outstanding Senior Design Student: Dana Jackson

STUART WEITZMAN AWARD
Most Red Carpet Ready: Lori Petrashune

UNITED FABRICS AWARD
Original Jacquard Textile Design: Mary Armacost

Four teams of Philadelphia University students led by Anne Bower, associate biology professor, presented research at the 26th annual Sigma Xi science symposium held April 17 at St. Joseph’s University.

The symposium included research from undergraduate and graduate students from 30 colleges and universities in the areas of mathematics, computer science, engineering, and the natural and social sciences.

PhilaU student presenters included:

Presentation: The Effects of Music on the Negative Consequences of Stress in College-Aged Students
Team Members:
Casey McGrath – physician assistant studies
Dana Logue – physician assistant studies
Nicole Miehle – physician assistant studies
Bryn Spezialetti – physician assistant studies
Jessica Supperer – health sciences/occupational therapy

Presentation: Volunteers Participating in Toad Detour Educational Programming: How it works
Team Members:
Felicia Branagan – biology
Gabrielle Lent – environmental sustainability
Korie Rogan – biology

Presentation: Effects of Deer Management on Native and Invasive Plant Species
Team Members:
Rachel Soroka – environmental and conservation biology
Dan Sulon – environmental sustainability

Presentation: Effects of Deer Populations and the Herbaceous Layer on Passeriformes
Shane McFoy – biology

The PVH Philadelphia University 2015 Fashion Show was featured on Philly.com’s Things To Do Philly list of great events on April 30.

The Fashion Show will feature 250 of the year’s best student designs.

The Fashion Show begins at 7 p.m. at Moulin at Sherman Mills in East Falls.

The team's design won a

The PhilaU student team’s design earned an honor award from the local ASLA chapter.

A team of students in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment have received an award from the American Society of Landscape Architects’ local chapter for their design concept addressing the affordable housing needs of farm- and service-worker families in Southern California’s Coachella Valley.

Emma Haley, a fourth-year landscape architecture student, and Lauren Brosius and Amanda Bonelli, fifth-year architecture students, earned an honor award in the collaboration category of the student awards program sponsored by the group’s chapter serving Pennsylvania and Delaware.

The PhilaU students will be honored Saturday, May 2, at the chapter’s annual meeting taking place at the University of Pennsylvania.

Formally dedicate the    at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

(Left to right) Tracy DePedro, director of career services, Able’s former husband Jim Able, Able’s daughter Liz Copple and President Spinelli dedicate the Marianne Able Career Services Center at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Philadelphia University has dedicated the Marianne Able Career Services Center to honor the legacy of its longtime former director.

Marianne Able served as the director of the Career Services Center from 1972 to 1996, during which time she helped thousands of students and alumni build successful careers. Able died unexpectedly in a 1996 car accident.

The dedication was supported by a generous donation from Able’s daughter Liz Copple ’84.

Marianne Able

Marianne Able

“The contributions my mother made during her lifetime, especially to the thousands of lives she directly touched over her 28-year career here at Philadelphia University, were many,” Copple said at an April 23 ribbon-cutting ceremony. “I want to thank the entire University community for allowing her legacy and purpose to continue in perpetuity at the Marianne Able Career Services Center at Philadelphia University.”

With help from a range of services and expertise provided by the Marianne Able Career Services Center, recent graduates of PhilaU have achieved a 95 percent job placement and graduate school success rate. Read more.

Able’s dedication to PhilaU also is preserved through a scholarship given in her memory to a deserving junior or senior with financial need. To learn more about the Marianne Able Scholarship or to make a gift, click here.

Philadelphia University has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2014-15 Green Power Challenge for colleges and universities, PA Environment Digest reported April 27. PhilaU was cited for using more green power than other school in its athletic conference. To read more about the EPA’s Green Power Challenge, click here.

PhilaU’s Blackstone LaunchPad is providing students with entrepreneurial opportunities and support, one of several initiatives in the region to encourage students and grow the start-up pipeline, Technical.ly Philly reported April 27.

Associate Professor of Architecture David Kratzer discussed lighting options in senior living spaces at an April 20 Environments for Aging conference in Baltimore, reported the publication Environments For Aging.

Models display PhilaU student fashion designs at the annual red dress fashion show sponsored by the American Heart Association at the Mütter Museum.

Models show PhilaU student designs at the annual American Heart Association’s red dress fashion show at the Mütter Museum.

Philadelphia University student fashion designers rocked the runway at the annual red dress fashion show sponsored by the American Heart Association on April 22 at the Mütter Museum.

Three winning designs selected by a panel of judges will be featured at the Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon on May 13 and will be prominently displayed in a Macy’s Center City window at a later date.

A belted gown with lacy top by Sydney White was selected as both the first-place and people’s choice winner. “I’m ecstatic,” she said. “I’m grateful to have this opportunity to have my dress in the show.”

A deep wine-colored gown with a midriff cut-out by Lori Petrashune was the second-place winner and a flowing gown with a delicate lace-appliqued top by Maria D’Agostino won third place. Petrashune and D’Agostino are studying abroad in Rome this semester.

The three winning red dresses (left to right) were designed by students Maria D’Agostino, Sydney White and Lori Petrashune.

The three winning red dresses (left to right) were designed by students Maria D’Agostino, Sydney White and Lori Petrashune.

In all, 21 stunning student designs in various shades of red were presented to an enthusiastic audience at the red dress preview party event. Each fall, juniors in a fashion pattern-development course design the red dresses for the Association’s spring fashion show.

“It’s important that the students see their designs become a way of giving back to the community and supporting a good cause,” said Anne Hand, associate professor of fashion design, who teaches the pattern-development course.

The fashion show was emceed by NBC10 meteorologist Bill Henley, who will serve as emcee of Philadelphia University’s Annual Fashion Show on April 30, and Andie Summers, co-host of Doc and Andie on 92.5 XTU. “Let’s hear it for all the amazing designers at Philadelphia University,” Henley said before announcing the winning designs.

The judges were Ann Gitter, owner of Knit Wit boutique, designer Dom Streater, Main Line Today Editor Tara Behan and Philadelphia Style Assistant Editor Jessica Green.

This is the 11th year that PhilaU has collaborated with the American Heart Association on its annual red dress event. The red dress has become a symbol of efforts to raise awareness about heart health in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. For more information about the AHA’s Go Red for Women event and heart health for women, click here.