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The Rams host Post University on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.

The Rams play Post on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.

Come out and cheer the Rams this weekend in the CACC Basketball Tournaments. The men’s team hosts Post University on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Gallagher Center, and the women’s squad travels to Caldwell University on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The men’s team ended the regular season with an overall record of 20-8 and a season-best six-game winning streak. It’s the 34th time in Herb Magee’s 50-year career the Rams have reached 20 wins in a season.

The women’s team finished the regular season with an overall record of 14-14 and a conference record of 9-10. The Rams made the CACC Tournament field for the 11th straight season.

Go Rams!

Herb Magee celebrated the last home game of his 50th season as head men’s coach at Philadelphia University this week, winning game number 1,052 and earning a playoff berth, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Feb. 23.

Inquirer sportswriter Mike Jensen captured the scene in the Gallagher Center Tuesday night as the Hall-of-Fame coach notched yet another win to close out the season.

“If Herb Magee took no more than a couple of strides out of the coaching box, he’d be stepping right on his name, since that’s what the court at Philadelphia University is now called, spelled out right in front of him. Looking over his right shoulder, Magee could spot his retired number from his playing days, flanked by banners noting this same man has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and has won 1,000 college basketball games working on Henry Avenue,” Jenson wrote.

As a Philadelphia University student, Renee Kakareka ’16 created a device to help the hearing impaired and started her company, Olive Devices, to bring it to market, The Philadelphia Citizen reported Feb. 23.

“I knew that I wanted to create some kind of change in the world through the design skills that I had,” said Kakareka, who studied industrial design at PhilaU.  She is working to disrupt the hearing aid industry by providing more affordable and technologically advanced options.

PhilaU senior Naomi Sampat moderated a  panel discussion at Thomas Jefferson University about the intersection of health care and finance.

PhilaU senior Naomi Sampat moderated a panel discussion at Thomas Jefferson University about health care and finance.

Philadelphia University fashion merchandising and management senior Naomi Sampat moderated a lively panel discussion at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) on Feb. 21 about the intersection of health care and finance.

The speakers included Vanguard Group founder and investment icon John “Jack” Bogle; Stephen Klasko, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of TJU and Jefferson Health; Rohinton Morris, M.D., chief of cardiothoracic surgery at TJU and Jefferson Health; and Louis Samuels, M.D., professor of surgery at TJU and Jefferson Health.

“This is a timely conversation and not just because of the potential for sweeping changes taking place in our country,” said Sampat, president of PhilaU’s Student Government Association. “Today is the 21st anniversary of Mr. Bogle’s heart transplant.”

The panel took on particularly special meaning, as surgeons Morris and Samuels performed his procedure in 1996. “The 21 years of vitality I have enjoyed since my heart transplant are nothing short of a miracle,” said Bogle, who received his transplant at age 66 after six heart attacks. “My new heart gave me a wonderful outlook on life and the ability to face adversity with a smile and to put the problems of the past just where they belong—in the past. … It’s a privilege to appear onstage with these two wonderful surgeons who have given me an additional 21 years of life and counting.”

In addition to Bogle sharing his transplant story, the panel delved into numerous topics related to health care and finance, such as the financial impact of treating expensive diseases, the stake insurance companies have over medical decisions and drug price manipulation. Sampat moderated the discussion with Graham Peigh, an M.D. candidate in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and Steve Orellana, an M.P.H. candidate in the Jefferson College of Population Health.

Digital Trends reported on a “gorgeous hand-cranked topographical” map by Philadelphia industrial design students:

Game of Thrones fans are no doubt familiar with the show’s excellent title sequence, in which the fictitious world the show depicts is illustrated for the viewer via a map animated with various clockwork mechanisms.

Well, three industrial design students from Philadelphia University — Charles Barilo, Peter Holderith and Zachary Samalonis — have just brought a similar idea to life with a hand-cranked machine that causes a topographical map to emerge from a flat surface when its handle is turned.

Read the Feb. 17 Digital Trends article here.


Bria Young ’15, who honed many of her basketball skills as a PhilaU Ram, will make her hometown debut as a Harlem Globetrotter next month at the Wells Fargo Center, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Feb. 20.

“Young became a starting point guard at Philadelphia University her junior year. She scored 1,067 career points and was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the year in 2016. The team won the CACC championship her senior year,” the Inquirer wrote.

“She was a great kid, a pleasure to coach,” said PhilaU women’s basketball coach and athletic director Tom Shirley.


A Philadelphia University team of fashion and textile designers showed their vibrant collection at Epson’s Digital Couture event kicking off New York Fashion Week Feb. 7, California Apparel News reported Feb. 16.

“Working with Epson was fabulous because they allowed us to use our textile knowledge using printing,” said textile engineer Mark Sunderland, who served as team director for Philadelphia University’s collection, noting that PhilaU has the largest digital printing facility of any university in the U.S.

“It’s really exciting because this is the first time I’ve had an experience working with professional models and showing my work on such a large scale,” said PhilaU fashion design senior Maria Balestino. “[Epson] pushed the boundaries on what we can print on.”

Senior fashion design student Huyen Doan added, “I’ve learned a lot about technology and how to transfer prints into a real garment.”

Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution today honoring Bria Young ’15, a standout student and basketball player at PhilaU who was selected this season to join the Harlem Globetrotters.

Bria YoungYoung, whose Globetrotters nickname is “Swish,” will be honored at a March 2 City Council meeting. The resolution was introduced by City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. The Globetrotters will make their first local appearances since Young joined the squad March 4-6 at the Wells Fargo Center.

“I absolutely love it,” Young said of the experience so far.

At PhilaU, where she majored in psychology, Young scored 1,067 career points as a three-year starting point guard for the Rams. Her many accolades include first team all-league, first team all-region, and co-MVP and Defensive Player of the Year of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

The Globetrotters are an internationally renowned basketball squad known for entertaining arenas with their eye-popping trick shots and dribbling skills, as well as community outreach. Young is only the 14th woman selected for the team in its 90-year history.

Read more in PhilaU Today.

Philadelphia University fashion design seniors Maria Balestino and Ashlee Bowers presented their spring 2017 collections Feb. 11 at the FG Designers Premier during New York Fashion Week, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Feb. 16.

The fashion show “gives students the opportunity to participate in what is, for many, their first professional show. Several of the participants have gotten private commissions as a result,” the article noted.

Read the Inquirer article and see runway photos here.


Armor, grisaille windows and illuminated manuscripts from medieval history inspired Maria Balestino’s “Iron Illumination” collection.

Armor, grisaille windows and illuminated manuscripts from medieval history inspired Maria Balestino’s “Iron Illumination” spring/summer collection.

A pair of Philadelphia University fashion students opened the Designers’ Premier show at New York Fashion Week on Feb. 11 with their stunning work. Seniors Maria Balestino and Ashlee Bowers, whom both collaborated with textile design graduate students, showed five looks each at the Affinia Hotel.

“Most designers only dream of one day showing at NYFW, so for Maria and Ashlee to get this opportunity so early in their careers is an incredible honor,” said Carly Kusy, PhilaU fashion design instructor. “It’s also a chance for them gain exposure as many industry professionals attend these events. We’re so proud of them, especially since they were the only student designers at this show.”

Armor, grisaille windows and illuminated manuscripts from medieval history inspired Balestino’s “Iron Illumination” spring/summer ready-to-wear collection.

She chose high-quality fabrics to bring sophistication and luxury to the collection, including silk organza and chiffon, metallic novelty wovens and lambskin leather, said Balestino, who worked with textile design graduate student Rachel Snack in creating a handwoven textile that became a pair of cropped pants in the collection.

“An armor-inspired bustier paired with a fluid chiffon sleeve top creates a contrasting silhouette repeated throughout the looks,” she described. “Leather meets lightweight georgette and corduroy is paired with sheer organza in other looks to bring transparency and layers to the garments.”

The colors in her collection came from a painted manuscript of mermaids, which showed blue and blush tones faded with age. She translated this image to create an ethereal palette of steel gray, blush, cream, rose gold, peach, cloudy navy and smoky blue.

Using fabric dyes, she hand-painted many of the fabrics in the collection. The painting done on the organza dress was inspired by the geometric designs from the medieval Book of Kells illuminated manuscript.

The art installation “The Boscar Project” inspired Ashlee Bowers’ activewear collection.

The art installation “The Boscar Project” inspired Ashlee Bowers’ activewear collection.

She also quilted a design inspired by armor fluting and decoration on the blush leather jacket. The geometric shapes seen in medieval stained glass windows are visible in the hand embroidery on the bodice of the laced-up dress.

The art installation “The Boscar Project” inspired Bowers’ activewear collection. “I wanted to highlight the body and create interesting negative space between clothing and skin, all while making the figure look strong and empowered,” she said. “It was important for me to design pieces that could be functional for athletic activities and have some others that had more of a fashionable, sports luxe feel to them.”

The collection featured sports bras, jackets, leggings, shorts and a bodysuit in pale grays, pinks and blues with a contrast of white, dark gray and electric yellow. Bowers used spandex, mesh, nylon ripstop and neoprene with a hint of reflective tape for the materials. One of the jackets was a blue tech fabric that she sprayed with bleach and washed to give a splatter-paint look.

She also collaborated with textile graduate student Alyssa Zebovitz to create a print featured throughout her collection. “Working with her was great,” Bowers said. “She took my inspiration and created exactly what I was looking for.”

Catherine Casano, PhilaU fashion design instructor, said seeing Balestino and Bowers craft their collections was inspiring.

“From the very beginning, they were both extremely focused on pushing the envelope creatively,” she said. “Though totally different, the two collections show a level of sensibility and sophistication usually reserved for more seasoned designers’ work. I am so proud of the work they have done and know the future holds incredible things for them.”