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PhilaU graduates enter the workforce with the skills demanded by 21st-century employers–innovation and leadership.

An impressive 95 percent of the class of 2014 are working in their disciplines or have been accepted to graduate school, according to the latest survey of graduates by Philadelphia University’s Marianne Able Career Services Center.

The latest survey results reflect the consistent success of PhilaU graduates, who have achieved an average job placement and graduate school acceptance rate of 95 percent since 2012. For the class of 2014, 78 percent of students reported employment and 17 percent were accepted to graduate school.

The accomplishments of PhilaU alumni underscore the importance of the University’s signature Nexus Learning approach to higher education. Through an active, collaborative, real-world education infused with the liberal arts, PhilaU prepares students with 21st-century skills valued by employers.

PhilaU students also benefit from the University’s commitment to industry-sponsored projects. Industry leaders, including Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Newell Rubbermaid, Verizon and Federal Mogul have sponsored PhilaU projects that have led to new insights, ideas and commercial product opportunities.

In October, PhilaU’s Nexus Innovation program of industry partnerships won the University Economic Development Association award for excellence in innovation and entrepreneurship.

The employment and graduate school rate for PhilaU graduates historically has been more than 90 percent and is consistent across the University’s three colleges: the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, and the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts.

The Marianne Able Career Services Center at PhilaU is a recipient of the Innovation Excellence Award for Student Engagement at a Small College by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. It offers a wide range of services for students and employers, including annual career events such as Design Expo and the Career and Internship Fair.

New Macy’s Philadelphia Fashion Incubator designer-in-residence Amanda Stearns (left) shows a sweater from her knitwear collection.

Philadelphia University fashion design alumna Amanda Stearns ’14 has joined the Macy’s Philadelphia Fashion Incubator class of 2015 as a designer-in-residence.

“I am overjoyed and honored to be accepted into the Macy’s Incubator program,” Stearns said. “This opportunity will expand my financial knowledge and business acumen.”

Over the next year, Stearns will develop her self-named line of men’s knit sweaters, Stearns. She said her nature-inspired pieces add a touch of elegance and luxury that elevate comfortable clothing to a new level of sophistication.

“The Stearns line will appeal to consumers looking for environmentally friendly clothing,” she said. “The natural fibers used in the construction of the garments are eco-friendly, and Stearns will be adding a line of vegan knitwear in the near future.”

“Amanda’s beautiful hand-knit sweaters were a tremendous standout at last year’s Fashion Show,” said Sheila Connelly, PhilaU’s fashion design program director. “She is uniquely talented and focused on starting her own company. As a designer-in-residence she will learn critical skill sets that will help move her that much closer to launching her own brand.”

Stearns joins the fourth class of designers in the Macy’s Fashion Incubator, a one-year program that supports the growth of Philadelphia fashion businesses with workspace, a curriculum, mentoring and other resources. Graduates from PhilaU’s fashion design program have participated in each class of designers.

Ed Goldberg ’65, senior vice president of external affairs for Macy’s, welcomed the new designers-in-residence at a Feb. 26 event at Macy’s Center City. The Incubator program is sponsored by Macy’s in collaboration with fashion design programs at Philadelphia University, Drexel University and Moore College of Art and Design.

“The Fashion Incubator has turned out to be much greater than we even thought,” Goldberg said. “I know some of our graduates will be in the spotlight in the future.”

Jovan O'Connor (middle) graduates from the  Macy's Philadelphia Fashion Incubator program.

Jovan O’Connor (middle) graduates from the Macy’s Philadelphia Fashion Incubator program.

At the Macy’s event, the outgoing class of Incubator fashion designers, including PhilaU alumna Jovan O’Connor ’06, was also recognized.

O’Connor said her year in the Fashion Incubator was an amazing experience. “I’ve learned so much while I’ve been here about running a business,” she said. “I went from being a designer who made one dress for one person at a time to a fully sustainable fashion brand and company with wholesale accounts.”

During her residency, O’Connor further developed her self-named firm, Jovan O’Connor, which she describes as a chic clothing line for young, professional women with busy lifestyles. Recently, she garnered attention for designing an elegant red gown that “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey wore on the Go Red runway at New York Fashion Week. Read more.

O’Connor said she currently is working to produce her fall 2015 line. Her apparel is sold at several local boutiques including Joan Shepp in Center City.

Sue Lehrman,dean of the School of Business Administration, has been named dean of Rowan University’s William G. Rohrer College of Business, effective July 1, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported March 26. Philip Russel, associate dean of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, will serve as interim dean as PhilaU undertakes a national search for a new dean.

One of spring’s hottest looks — matching crop tops and pencil skirts — harkens back to the Renaissance era and the 1960s mod look, fashion faculty member Marcella Milio Martin said in a March 25 Philadelphia Inquirer story.  “There is something very familiar with this look,” said Martin, who teaches history of costume and textiles. “Fashion is supposed to make us feel good. And this look is feminine and fun.”

Natalie Nixon, PhilaU’s Strategic Design MBA program director, and Morgan Berman ’14, an M.S. in Sustainable Design graduate, have been nominated for first-ever Rad Awards honoring their contributions, respectively, to teaching and business. will honor Nixon, Berman and other inspirational women in the fields of technology, media, culture and business at the inaugural Rad Awards celebration at The Dreaming Building at 618 N. Front Street on April 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. To attend the event, click here.

Nixon has been nominated for the educator of the year award for serving as a thought leader and inspiration to the community. Learn more.

Berman has been nominated for the product of the year award for creating MilkCrate, a mobile app connecting users with sustainable local businesses. Learn more.

Strategic Design MBA Director Natalie Nixon and M.S. in Sustainable Design graduate Morgan Berman, founder of sustainable mobile app MilkCrate, have been nominated for the first Rad awards celebrating inspirational women in education, technology, media, culture and business, reported March 26.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named Philadelphia University a member of the 2015 Green Power Leadership Club.

“By meeting the Leadership Club’s green power use requirements, Philadelphia University has joined an elite group of Green Power Partners who are demonstrating exemplary environmental leadership,” said Anthony Amato, EPA green power partnership account manager.

PhilaU was recognized for its practice of purchasing green power to run University operations.

PhilaU students volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland over spring break.

PhilaU students volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland over spring break.

Fifteen Philadelphia University students from various academic majors headed to colder climes last week to volunteer over spring break with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland in Maine.

During the week, the students installed hardwood floors, interior doors and kitchen cabinets, and helped paint two homes being built for needy families in the nearby town of Freeport.

Daniel Bowers and Eric Munro cut bathroom floor materials.

Daniel Bowers and Eric Munro cut bathroom floor materials.

“We are thrilled to have Philadelphia University volunteer with us for the third year in a row as part of our Collegiate Challenge program,” said Godfrey Wood, executive director of the Portland Habitat group. “These students are helping us to make a huge difference in the lives of families in Cumberland County.”

“At PhilaU, we try our best to educate the ‘civic professional,’” said Mary Ann Ernesto, associate director of student engagement for community service, who accompanied the students on the trip. “Throughout the week our students learn how the skills they acquire in the classroom can contribute to the greater good for humanity.”

The project was a return trip for some of this year’s students.

“Coming back to Maine for a second alternative spring break trip has been an invaluable experience,” said Calleigh McDonald, a fifth-year architecture student. “Seeing the past trip’s projects completed and meeting the residents from the sites we have worked on has been rewarding. It’s great to see the range of class years and majors all coming together for one mission.”

Also during spring break, 22 PhilaU Honors students volunteered at Caldwell Temple Soup Kitchen in New York.

Landscape architecture graduates Vanessa Miller, Tim Linehan and Darpan Patel envision a Germantown park in this 2014 team project.

Landscape architecture graduates Vanessa Miller, Tim Linehan and Darpan Patel envision a Germantown park in this 2014 team project.

Philadelphia University’s landscape architecture program has earned another six-year accreditation from the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). The landscape architecture program is now accredited through Dec. 31, 2020.

The accrediting board praised the program’s environmentally minded curriculum and emphasis on sustainable design, calling it “one of the most highly unique in the country.”

LAAB also cited the program’s commitment to working toward design solutions for local communities, stating, “the program strives to provide local and regional leadership in confronting ecological issues of the urban environments within the Philadelphia Metropolitan area.”

PhilaU’s Nexus Learning approach to higher education provides students with opportunities to work collaboratively with other disciplines and community partners to help solve real-world challenges and improve community life.

Landscape architecture faculty are committed to their students and the profession. Through their continued work in their diverse fields of expertise, they bring access to the latest technologies, design methods and innovative thinking to the program.

Learn more about the program here.

Former Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Joseph Hoeffel discussed his book, “The Iraq Lie: How the White House Sold the War,” with students, faculty and staff in the Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space on March 12.

Former Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Joseph Hoeffel discusses his book, "The Iraq Lie: How the White House Sold the War," with students, faculty and staff in the Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space.

Former Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Joseph Hoeffel discusses his book, “The Iraq Lie: How the White House Sold the War,” with students, faculty and staff in the Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space.

While Hoeffel said he voted to authorize the war in Iraq, he said he would have not have voted in favor of it if he had had accurate information on Iraq’s nuclear weapons program.

“It is the one vote in about 10,000 that I cast that I want back,” said Hoeffel, a Democratic who represented Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district from 1999 to 2005. “If we ever need to ask for a vote for war again, it should be done with full disclosure of the intelligence.”

During his talk, sponsored by the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service at Philadelphia University, Hoeffel discussed such prominent issues as motives for America’s occupation of Iraq, the legality of the Obama administration’s current military action against ISIS and the possibility of universal mandatory military service in America.

Hoeffel also acknowledged the role that PhilaU law and society faculty member D. Bruce Hanes played in spearheading the adoption of same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania. In 2013, Hanes, the register of wills for Montgomery County, Pa., defied a state law he deemed at odds with the state constitution and began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“You’ve got a hero of civil rights and equality here,” Hoeffel told the PhilaU audience, which included Hanes.

Dylan Gormley, a law and society sophomore, said he found Hoeffel’s message valuable. “I think that people need to understand the decisions they’re a part of,” Gormley said. “It makes for a better society. It’s good to see there are people in government who are willing to admit their mistakes and still try to make a difference.”