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Philadelphia University will host a number of creative, hands-on and educational programs as part of DesignPhiladelphia, the 11th annual citywide festival celebrating art, architecture and all things design. The festival, Oct. 8-16, will offer more than 130 events at universities, cultural institutions, manufacturers, galleries, city agencies and startups across the region.

PhilaU events include a workshop on artifact-based learning at The Design Center at Philadelphia University (Oct. 8); a Pecha Kucha night with industrial design alumni (Oct. 8); a screen-printing workshop (Oct. 10); a symposium on the emerging discipline of surface imaging (Oct. 13); and the 2015 Geodesign Forum (Oct. 16).

For more information or to register:

A Mile in Her Shoes: Artifact-Based Learning at Philadelphia University
Thursday, October 8
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: The Design Center at Philadelphia University

TDC imageMarcella Martin, curator of the Design Center’s textile and costume collection and lecturer, will share her experience teaching through the use of artifacts and hands-on learning activities. Participants will work in groups to design a product using unconventional materials, with shoes from the PhilaU collection as inspiration. For more information, click here.

Industrial Design Alumni Pecha Kucha
Date: Thursday, October 8
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Hayward Hall 012

Philadelphia University will kick off its new PhilaU Nexus Design Factory collaboration space at this event with a celebration of industrial design education in Philadelphia. Alumni of numerous design programs in the city are invited to attend and show images of what they have been working on since graduation. For more information, click here.

Textile Design Screen Printing Workshop
: Saturday, October 10
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Location: Hayward Hall 004

Join the PhilaU textile design team for a fun, hand screen-printing workshop. Learn how to create a simple pattern and screen print on various fabrics. Participants will swap screens to create richly layered, collaborative designs. For more information, click here.

Surface Imaging Symposium: SHIFT from Discipline Specific to Transdisciplinary
Tuesday, October 13
Time: 5 to 9 p.m.
Location: Paul J. Gutman Library

Surface Imaging is an emerging discipline that allows designers to develop imagery for various physical forms using the latest digital-printing technologies. The M.S. in Surface Imaging program at Philadelphia University will host this symposium featuring speakers from the surface imaging and digital printing industries. For more information, click here

geodesign image2015 GeoDesign Forum
Date: Friday, October 16
Time: 1 to 7 p.m.
Location: Lawrence N. Field DEC Center

The 3rd annual Geodesign Forum at Philadelphia University will bring together design practitioners, educators and students of the built environment who are interested not only in the SHIFT of Philadelphia’s changing skyline and urban landscape, but also the SHIFT in enabling technology (especially 3D) which helps us better understand, plan and design for, measure, and visualize changes to the landscape via geodesign. For more information, click here.

Read coverage of PhilaU and DesignPhiladelphia in Philly Voice and Justluxe.

For more information about DesignPhiladelphia events, click here.


A number of Philadelphia University faculty members have recently authored books, ranging from academic textbooks to novels.

Law and Society Program Director Evan Laine’s book, Nixon and the Dragon Lady: Did Richard Nixon Conspire with Anna Chennault in 1968 to Destroy Peace in Vietnam, addresses whether there was a conspiracy between Richard Nixon and China lobbyist Anna Chenault to destroy the peace process in Vietnam. The book “deconstructs the critical evidence while exploring the questionable credibility of its iconic cast of characters leaving the reader as the ultimate juror” to determine the truth, according to Amazon. Read more here.

On Friday, Oct. 2, 12:30 to 2 p.m., the Paul J. Gutman Library is sponsoring a faculty book event to recognize Laine and Valerie Hanson, associate professor of writing. Hanson’s book, Haptic Visions: Rhetorics of the Digital Image, Information, and Nanotechnology, was published earlier this year. Read more here.

Christopher Pastore, professor of transdisciplinary studies, and Jeff Klemens, assistant professor of biology, co-authored an online textbook entitled Environmental Science: A Systems Thinking Approach. The book “integrates an introduction to systems thinking, including the practice of stock and flow modeling, with environmental science,” according to Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. Read more about the book here.

Pastore and Klemens will be recognized at a faculty book event in the Gutman Library on search for susuOct. 29, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Marcella McCoy-Deh, director of PhilaU’s honors program, co-authored her first novel, The Search for Susu, with T.M. Giggetts, a former PhilaU adjunct faculty member. Set in Philadelphia and Ghana, it tells the story of adjunct professor Francine Carty, who struggles in her career until she lands a research fellowship in Ghana sponsored by a secret global network of prominent women. Once there, “Francine learns how low she can fall when an unfortunate decision goes viral on social media and devastates her reputation at home and abroad,” according to Amazon (purchase the book here).

“I love complex characters,” McCoy-Deh said. “She’s the friend you hug, then strangle, then hug again.” Read The Philadelphia Inquirer story on the book and authors here. A faculty book event is planned for next semester.

Natalie Nixon, director of the Strategic Design MBA program, has authored Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond. An introduction to an integrative approach using the lens of design thinking, the book introduces students to design management, strategic design, service design and experience design. “The focus is on process instead of solution, and on connecting disparate ideas instead of getting bogged down by silos of specialization,” according to Amazon. The book will be published Oct. 22 and can be pre-ordered here. A faculty book event is planned for next semester.

Students in the Philadelphia University Design Workshop course won top awards in the 2015 University and College Designers Association’s Design Competition, Graphic Design USA reported Sept. 30.

Philadelphia University is offering a new Doctor of Management in Strategic Leadership program for mid- and senior-career professionals ready to engage in a deeper and more competitive leadership landscape.

The new doctoral program integrates critical concept coursework with workplace practice projects in consulting, research and executive education, culminating in a doctoral thesis. The three-year program will create a community of professionals who encourage each other to grow, learn and develop as organizational leaders, consultants, entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers and educators.

strategic leadership  “The modern workplace offers a host of constantly evolving and interacting challenges, which present both problems and opportunities,” said Larry Starr, director of the Doctor of Management in Strategic Leadership program. “This program delivers to executive leaders increased competencies and a competitive advantage.”

The first class of students will start in January 2016. Prospective students are invited to an information session Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lawrence N. Field DEC Center, room 219. Click here to register.

The hybrid program combines online and in-person instruction to meet complex educational needs created by evolving markets and industries, the rapid expansion of knowledge underlying practice, technological advances and the cultural diversity of the global workforce. Classes are offered in the evenings and on weekends, allowing students to work while enrolled in the program.

The program is designed for a broad range of mid- and senior-level professionals from such diverse fields as business, education, engineering, human resources, organizational sciences, law, healthcare and design.

Candidates must have completed at least seven years of management-level work experience and a master’s degree from an accredited institution. “Strategic leaders must have industry and workplace experience to draw upon,” Starr said.

The Doctor of Management in Strategic Leadership enables the development of skills to creatively and strategically navigate situational and organizational complexity. Graduates will be prepared to play a catalytic role in changing the decision-making and performance culture of their organizations.

“A PhilaU education is driven by the evolving needs of industry and society,” said D.R. Widder, the University’s vice president of innovation. “Working with industry partners, we identified a gap between their need for strategic leadership development and traditional leadership programs. PhilaU’s doctoral program in strategic leadership will prepare both established and aspiring leaders to build and transform their current and future organizations.”

Applications for admission to the Doctor of Management in Strategic Leadership program for spring 2016 are due by Dec. 1, 2015. For more information, click here.


PhilaU fashion design graduate Kristen Heun showed her collection at New York Fashion Week.

PhilaU fashion design graduate Kristen Heun showed her collection at New York Fashion Week.

During the recent New York Fashion Week, some 200 celebrated designers such as Alexander Wang, Narciso Rodriguez and Michael Kors were joined by two Philadelphia University fashion design graduates who showcased their collections during the fall fashion extravaganza.

Kayla Donovan's collection was inspired by Tibetan gods and goddesses.

Kayla Donovan’s collection was inspired by Tibetan gods and goddesses.

Kayla Donovan and Kristen Heun, who both graduated in May, were featured in the Emerging Designer’s Collective runway show Sept. 12 at New York’s Affinia Hotel. The designers were joined by PhilaU fashion design faculty and students in the New York Immersion program for fashion design and fashion merchandising and management students.

Donovan, who won the award for best senior collection at PhilaU’s Fashion Show in April, showed her collection called Visions of Tibet at the New York show. Donovan designed all the prints for the collection, which was inspired by Tibetan gods and goddesses and religious iconography associated with the culture.

Kayla Donovan is all smiles as she follows her collection down the runway.

Kayla Donovan is all smiles as she follows her collection down the runway.

“Showing at New York Fashion Week has always been something I wanted to do,” Donovan said. “Moments before the show when I heard the song I had chosen begin to play I had so many emotions all at once.”

Heun’s collection, which won honorable mention at the PhilaU Fashion Show, is entitled Neonomadic and was inspired by desolate landscapes and images of topographic maps. The looks included textured oversized silhouettes constructed from warm knits, cotton and linen. She  hand-dyed fabrics to obtain a soft organic feeling.

Kristen Heun's collection featured oversized knits.

Kristen Heun’s collection featured oversized knits.

Seeing her designs come down the runway at New York Fashion Week “was a completely unforgettable day that I am ridiculously grateful for,” said Heun, an assistant costume designer at Just Play in Newtown, Pa. “It was an overwhelming and exciting day that only intensified my passion as a designer.”



When he was in high school, Kyle Garb witnessed first-hand from a family friend the severe pain that burn patients experience during their treatment and recovery.

Now a senior industrial design student at Philadelphia University, Garb will have the opportunity to present his proposal for a less painful medication applicator to AOL co-founder Steve Case during a $10,000 student speed pitch competition in Philadelphia Sept. 29.

Industrial design student Kyle Garb prepares for $10,000 pitch competition.

Industrial design student Kyle Garb prepares for $10,000 pitch competition.

Garb was one of eight area college students selected to deliver a 60-second funding pitch as an offshoot of the larger Rise of the Rest startup funding event during its Philadelphia tour stop. Garb will deliver his pitch to Case and two others outside the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., at 3 p.m. tomorrow. The winner will be announced at the main pitch competition starting at 4 p.m.

“This innovative application device will revolutionize the treatment of burn patients,” said Garb, who is working on the device for his senior capstone project.  “It will be deliver the topical treatment without direct contact with the patient’s skin, which can be very painful.”

Since finding out he was selected to participate, Garb, of Madison, Ct., has been working with PhilaU Blackstone LaunchPad Director Zoe McKinley on perfecting his pitch. After he delivers his 60-second pitch, there will be a one-minute Q&A before the judges.

“We are excited to have Kyle representing PhilaU at this special student pitch event,” said McKinley, who also is director of PhilaU’s Entrepreneurship Center. “Opportunities such as this, no matter the outcome tomorrow, help move innovative ideas farther down the path and closer to impacting many lives.”

In addition to reducing pain through an innovative medical application, Garb said his device would improve the precision of treatment and use less medication than current methods. “My goal is to advance a successful treatment delivery system that improves on what is currently available and can help make treatment and recovery better for burn patients,” he said.

The Rise of the Rest, spearheaded by Case, is a nationwide effort to encourage entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. Since 2014, Case and his team have visited 14 cities and invested $1.5 million in businesses. The winner of the tomorrow’s main Rise of the Rest pitch competition in Philadelphia will receive $100,000 in startup funding.

In addition to co-founding AOL, Case served as chairman of AOL Time Warner  and is currently chairman of the Case Foundation and CEO of Revolution LLC, which includes such well-known businesses as LivingSocial, Zipcar and Exclusive Resorts. Other judges for the student pitch competition include Amy Stursburg, Blackstone Charitable Foundation executive director, and Steve Tang, CEO, University City Science Center.

Amy Baker, associate professor of physician assistant studies, helped provide medical care during Pope Francis’ recent visit to Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sept. 26. Baker and other PhilaU faculty members and students volunteered for SEPA Smart (Southeastern Pennsylvania Surge Medical Assistance Response Team), a regional effort to provide care for the hundreds of thousands of people attending papal events.

Baker told the Inquirer that recent natural disasters had motivated her to volunteer her services. “Between Katrina and Haiti, I was feeling like I needed to do something,” she said.

PhilaU Plans During Papal Visit to the City of Philadelphia:

Friday, September 25, 2015

Philadelphia University will operate on an inclement weather schedule on Friday, September 25, 2015 due to road closures for the Papal visit to Philadelphia. This means no on-campus classes on the Main and Bucks campuses that day (the New Jersey campus will operate on a normal schedule). Faculty are asked to follow the inclement weather policy and schedule classes online or on an alternate date. University offices also will be closed that day, but staff should treat this as a work-from-home day.

Monday, September 28, 2015

As a result of additional announcements and projections made by the City this week, the University is announcing a delayed opening of noon on Monday, September 28. Faculty are asked to follow the inclement weather policy again on Monday morning and hold classes normally schedule between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. online or on an alternate date. Students and faculty should report to the class, lab or studio they would normally be in at 12 p.m. on a Monday. Staff should report to their offices by 12 p.m. The New Jersey campus will operate on a normal schedule.

The following building and service schedules will be in effect Friday through Monday, September 25-28, 2015

Friday, Sept. 25 Saturday, Sept. 26 Sunday, Sept. 27 Monday, Sept. 28
Common Thread Closed Closed Closed Monday, Sept. 28
Gallagher Center Noon to 6 p.m. Noon to 6 p.m. Noon to 6 p.m. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Kanbar Campus Center Normal Schedule Normal Schedule Normal Schedule Normal Schedule
Library 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Noon to Midnight Normal Schedule beginning at 8 a.m.
Ravenhill Dining Hall 10:30a.m. to 7:30p.m. 10:30a.m. to 7 p.m. 10a.m. to Midnight 10a.m. to Midnight
RavenHub 10a.m. to Midnight 10a.m. to Midnight 10a.m. to Midnight 10a.m. to Midnight
Studios and Labs: Monitored As posted As posted As posted Monday, Sept. 28
Studios and Labs: Unmonitored Two-person rule in effect Normal Schedule beginning at noon
Ted’s Noon to Midnight Noon to Midnight Noon to Midnight Normal Schedule beginning at 7:30p.m.
Tuttleman Cafe’ Closed Closed Closed 11a.m. to 8p.m.


You can find more information about the Papal visit, city preparedness and travel at:

Textile design student Lydia Whitford helped create two ceremonial carpets being used during Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia this weekend as part of her internship at Langhorne Carpet, The Virginian-Pilot reported Sept. 26. Whitford, of Portsmouth, Va., helped design the gold medallions on three carpets to be used upon the Pope’s arrival at Philadelphia International Airport and at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

“I didn’t think I would have anything I felt this proud about this early,” Whitford said. Langhorne designer Andrea Perlman, a PhilaU textile design alumna, also worked on the carpets.

Mike Ternosky '00, head designer and president of Obey Clothing, talks to PhilaU students and faculty in the DEC Center.

Mike Ternosky ’00, head designer of Obey Clothing, talks to PhilaU students and faculty in the DEC Center.

Mike Ternosky ’00, head designer of OBEY Clothing, returned to campus this week to talk to students about his experience as a streetwear designer and share insights on making it in today’s fast-moving fashion marketplace.

Ternosky spoke to two packed sessions in the DEC Forum Sept. 21 about his unique path in the fashion world. Growing up skateboarding and surfing in Avalon, N.J., he came to PhilaU to study fashion design. Shortly after graduating, this combination of interests led him to California, where in 2000 he helped establish OBEY Clothing as an offshoot of the work of artist Shepard Fairey.

“I had a real passion for the punk-rock, streetwear aesthetic, and it felt right,” said Ternosky, who turned down a job offer at Urban Outfitters to work at the fledgling clothing brand. The new designs drew on Fairey’s artistic style—he is known for his iconic “Hope” poster of President Obama—and Ternosky’s expertise in fashion design–and their shared interest in the boarding subculture.

Today, Ternosky still is influenced by underground culture around the globe. He wants his collections to tell the narratives of different subcultures and draws inspirations from underground printmakers and books, themes in zines and musicians like Kurt Vile and Travis Scott, as well as his adopted city of Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife Nicole and their two children.

The PhilaU students were attentive as Ternosky talked about the value of a strong technical foundation in design, and the importance of having true passion for their work.

“I learned key technical things at this school,” he said. “A strong foundation really is essential.” He stressed the importance of collaboration both in the workplace and at school, and his experiences collaborating with college friends in other design majors—knitters, weavers and printmakers—while working on his senior collections.

“Fast forward to the real-world work environment,” he said, “and that’s what it is all about—100 percent collaboration.”

When interviewing for jobs, Ternosky advised students to include in their portfolios materials that demonstrate their processes and to be prepared to discuss their inspirations and passions in detail, both of which he said are essential to his own hiring process.

Ultimately, he said, design is about drawing inspiration from “the people you know and the friends you’ve made” and the things they’re inspired by—whether it be sneakers or punk rock. “In the modern design world, real fashion can be so many things,” he said.