Field trip to the Printer: Take Two

news_program_lizdellonpressPart of working on projects in the Philadelphia University Design Workshop course is taking the projects all the way to production. And that can often mean interfacing and working with various vendors and printers to assist in producing the projects. Liz Dell designed the 2015 PhilaU Showcase poster, and as part of that process she had an opportunity to visit the printer while her poster was being printed. Continue reading

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Music Festival Style Inspiration

By: Kayla Davies, Blogger

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In the year 2015 there has been an outburst of music festivals that resemble the 1960s vibe. This has ultimately transformed fashion trends for the spring and summer to be more hippy. The 90s generation is the new hippy rebels with a combination of boho prints with hippy accessories. It is essential dress to the 9s when partaking in music festivities. The photos below exemplify numerous fun outfit ideas that are simultaneously super playful yet chic. If you want a “flower child” look you can pair a floral romper with a floral crown or a mixture of boho and hippy with a fringe kimono as well. For a bohemian 70s vibe by styling a vintage floppy brim sun hat with patterned high-waisted shorts. It is absolutely brilliant that young people today have music festivals to express their personal style with others!

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Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival Street Style

By: Kristina Gaglianese, Blogger

Two weeks ago in Manayunk, the most delicious event of the season took place – the annual StrEAT Festival.  Over 40 food trucks and thousands of people filled Main Street outdoing past StrEAT festivals in recent years.  In addition to tasty food, stylish people were another thing to keep your eye on.  Here were some attention-grabbing looks I spotted throughout the afternoon…

Image Courtesy: Kristina Gaglianese

Image Courtesy: Kristina Gaglianese

This well dressed pair looked stylish and fresh while waiting in line for smoothies.  The gentleman on the left, James, sporting slate grey khakis, a white V-neck, tan boating shoes and black shades gave off a California vibe.  The chambray shirt tied around his waste and his mini-man bun completed his relaxed look.  His lady on the right, Kenyan, looking equally relaxed but stylish, wore a black maxi skirt, a fitted red-wine colored crop top with a short chambray button up over top.  Her delicate gold jewelry, black shades, and dark wavy locks tied her look together.  Together they looked comfortable yet stylish – certainly the best-looking couple I saw all day.

Image Courtesy: Kristina Gaglianese

Image Courtesy: Kristina Gaglianese

Kat’s look included a denim dress over a neutral, lightweight long sleeved top with blue/grey Converse low tops– easy, simple, and cute.  A simple look that is just stylish enough to stand out.

Image Courtesy: Kristina Gaglianese

Image Courtesy: Kristina Gaglianese

This young woman looked trendy yet down-to-earth in her forest green overalls, neutral colored tank, brown sandals and boho backpack. 

Image Courtesy: Kristina Gaglianese

Image Courtesy: Kristina Gaglianese

This woman’s chic outfit consists of a blue button up oxford with cuffed sleeves, black jeans, and a brown belt to match her Ray Ban sunglasses.  Her adorable wicker camera Kate Spade bag was one of my favorite accessories I saw all day. 

Image Courtesy: Kristina Gaglianese

Image Courtesy: Kristina Gaglianese

And then there’s me.  In my destroyed mom jeans, burlap Toms, and reddish printed top.  My leather side bag and tortious-shell sunglasses pull together my look.  The sunny afternoon was well spent strolling through Manayunk enjoying delectable food with friends.  Can’t wait for next year’s food fest!

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PhilaU Fashion Design Students Rule the Red Dress Runway

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.

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Karnes Featured in TDC Annual for Second Year

For the second year in a row, work by Assistant Professor Eric Karnes was recognized by the annual Type Directors Club competition–widely considered the most prestigious international typography competition. His promotional poster for a Richmond-based jewelry designer and fine artist will be published in the Typography 36 Annual and will be featured in seven exhibitions touring cities in the United States, Canada, France, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Spain, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam.

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Professor Emeritus Rosenau On J.C. Penney Retail Challenges:

Jerry Rosenau, professor emeritus and former program director of fashion apparel studies, discussed some of the problems facing J.C. Penney in a competitive retail market in an April 23 article.

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Get Nerdy with PhilaU at the Philadelphia Science Festival

Philadelphia University faculty and students will lead hands-on Philadelphia Science Festival events from April 24 to May 2 as part of the fifth annual citywide event to promote science education.

This year’s festival features more than 100 events at locations throughout the region. Through interactive demonstrations, PhilaU students and faculty in architecture, chemistryengineering and physician assistant studies will share the excitement of science at the following events:

Murder at the Mütter: Preconceptions
Sunday, April 26
2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia
Cost: $40 for adults, $35 for students

Chemistry Professor Jeff Ashley will lead participants in their work with investigators and forensic experts at different evidence stations to experience the science of criminal investigation and solve a murder mystery.

Neighborhood Science After School
Wednesday, April 29
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Wynnefield Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia
5325 Overbrook Ave., Philadelphia

Architecture and engineering students led by Kihong Ku, assistant architecture professor, and Christopher Anderson, visiting assistant mechanical engineering professor, will demonstrate to K-12 students how robotics inspire architecture with designs and prototypes.

Science Carnival on the Parkway
Saturday, May 2
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
20th Street and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The annual Science Festival concludes with a carnival featuring more than 150 exhibitors. Physician assistant studies students and program director Jesse Coale will lead “The Wacky World of the Human Body” exhibit. Architecture and engineering students led by faculty members Kihong Ku and Christopher Anderson will showcase innovative prototypes on smart-home technology.

For more information and a complete list of festival events, click here.

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Student Spotlight: Sydney Santos

By: Victoria Pickens, Web Editor

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with the current President of PhilaU’s BRAG chapter, Sydney Santos, about her experience with the organization for the 2014-2015 academic year. We talked about what she has learned through her leadership position, what she has planned for the future, and more! Check out the interview below.

Image Courtesy: Sydney Santos

Image Courtesy: Sydney Santos

Name: Sydney Santos
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Fashion Merchandising & Management/Finance

Victoria Pickens: What is BRAG, and what is the mission of the organization?

Sydney Santos: BRAG stands for Black Retail Action Group and it’s a national non-profit organization that works to build opportunities and give tools to students of color. It allows members to learn how to shoot for executive level positions after college. BRAG also offers summer internships and scholarships. The internships are usually in New York and they work with a lot of big companies… The organization really focuses on growing leadership skills, mainly for students of color, but everyone is welcome to join.


VP: Does BRAG do a lot of networking events?

SS: Yes we do. We’re actually working on the one we have every April; the Talkin’ Fashion event. This is a professional fashion panel and we have a mocktail hour where we have vendors, pictures and networking


VP: What is your actual role as the President of BRAG?

SS: Basically managing the whole club and the board. We meet once a week, every week and discuss different events and stuff like that. I work as the liaison between our chapter and the BRAG Nationals in New York City, so whatever we may need or any information we are seeking, I’m usually the one to talk to them. I am pretty much responsible for managing all of the operations of BRAG at PhilaU.

Image Courtesy: Sydney Santos

Image Courtesy: Sydney Santos

VP: What are some things that you have done/accomplished this year?

SS: We like to visit New York for either showroom visits or work industry events where we go to New York Fashion Week. This year I got in contact with a couple of vendors and we planned a trip. In February, we went to visit two vendors — Vigoss and Global Brands Group; which was really cool.

Also, every February, we have BRAG Week. This year our BRAG Week included a bake sale, a Bloomingdale’s work shop where a representative came to speak to us about opportunities with the company, a spoken-word art show in collaboration with BSU, and Philly Fashion Week. We do a lot of stuff like that all the time, along with community service. This year, we are doing relay and last year we did a clothing drive.

Image Courtesy: Sydney Santos

Image Courtesy: Sydney Santos

VP: How do you think your experience with BRAG has helped you grow professionally?

SS: It has definitely helped me by experiencing how to deal with different people and email ettiqite. I’m not really good with speaking to a large group of people, but I have to do that a lot for events and for our meetings… So it has definitely raised my confidence with doing that; I’ve grown a lot. Also, it has helped me with building connections on campus and in the industry.


VP: Do you have any specific career goals you plan on pursuing after graduation?

SS: I’ve always wanted to travel for the first few years at the start of my career before I have a family, so I would really like to find a job that will allow me to travel for a bit. After being a part of BRAG, I wouldn’t mind running my own business or doing something where I’m managing other people… So I have been thinking about what I might like to do, in that sense.


VP: What is some advice you would give to students who are trying to figure out how to manage their time while doing extracurriculars?

SS: First of all, don’t jump into too much right away because you don’t know how you will be able to handle it and school is way more important than extracurriculars. Just knowing how much you can handle is the biggest thing, it’s important, because I have seen people try to take on a lot of stuff and they end up not even helping their organizations at all.

I personally make lists day-to-day that help me… Not even weekly lists, I have to do daily ones, and if I don’t look at them I will forget to do something. Also if you need anything, don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’ve learned that people are very willing to help you… You just have to ask. Don’t go and frustrate or stress yourself out — you can always reach out to somebody and see what happens.

If BRAG sounds like an organization you’d be interested in joining; be sure to sign-up next semester! Also, tickets are now available for BRAG’s 5th Annual Talkin’ Fashion event this Saturday, April 25th at 4:30 PM.


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Design Workshop Field trip to the Printer

In the Philadelphia University Design Workshop course we work on “real projects for real clients” and one of the projects we are working on this Spring 2015 semester is an 80-page + cover Publication and fully-functioning Website entitled Kanbar Selects. Kanbar Selects is a selection of Capstone and Industry-Sponsored projects from the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce. The clients in this case are Deans and faculty from the Kanbar College at PhilaU. We recently took a field trip to the printer, Paradigm Digital Color Graphics, to tour their facility and to go over the project and discuss necessary production details. The 2015 PUDW class is pictured in front of the Xerox i-Gen digital press (affectionately known as “Ginny”) that will be printing our Publication.

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PhilaU Graphic Design: Representing at Open House

For many years many of our best students have also worked on campus as “Rambassadors” (cute name), working for the Admissions office giving campus tours, sometimes writing blog posts and all-in-all being stellar representatives of not only the student body, but the Graphic Design program as well. And this year is no different. Seniors Sarah Driban and Kelsey Veurink have been Rambassadors for several years; and junior Emma Donofrio-Galley has also been a Rambassador for many years. They were joined at a recent Open House by seniors Nicole Tuite and Jessica Eversmeyer as they welcomed incoming and prospective students and their families to the PhilaU campus. A good time was had by all.


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