Iranian Baby Undergoes Heart Surgery after Trump’s Immigration Ban: Hope

          This week my heart broke as I read the headline: Iranian baby caught in travel...
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Rams Begin Post-Season Push in CACC Basketball Tournaments

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!

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Herb Magee, 50 Years at PhilaU, And The Shots Still Flying In: Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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PhilaU Graphic Design Discovery Day 2017: Friday March 3, 2017

PhilaU Graphic Design Discovery Day 2017
For Accepted and Interested Students

The Graphic Design Communication program at Philadelphia University will be hosting Graphic Design Discovery Day 2017 on Friday, March 3, 2017 beginning at 11:00am. This event, held mostly in the DEC Center, is specially designed for Accepted and Interested Students and will provide the deepest dive to what our program is like. Visit classes; meet current and prospective students; and hear from successful alumni. For more information contact Admissions at

The event concludes at 2:00pm with the Real World Alumni Panel in the DEC Center. A panel discussion of recent graduates of the Graphic Design Communication program at Philadelphia University. This annual event is an opportunity for invited alumni to return to campus and share their career experiences with current students. Alumni will talk about what life is like after college as they have entered “The Real World.” Alumni will offer career advice and useful job-searching information.

Esteemed Alumni Lineup:
Bruno Forcine (’15) : Art Director at MRM / McCann, New York, NY
Giovanni Frias (’14): Interactive Designer at 160over90, Philadelphia, PA
Nicole Meyer (’16): Junior Art Director at McCann Humancare, New York, NY
Laureen Wong (’15): Graphic Designer at Machinery, Philadelphia, PA
Erica Wright (’10): Art Director at Evoke Health, Philadelphia, PA
Becca Baker (’15): Senior Graphic Designer at Alpine Creative Group, New York, NY
Eric Lacy(’15): Graphic Designer at Cool Material, Collingswood, NJ
Veronica Llamas (’16): Graphic Designer, Muhlenhaupt + Co. LLC, Philadelphia, PA
Gavin Cooper (’99): UX Strategist, Vanguard, Media, PA

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PhilaU Alumna Creates Device to Help Hearing Impaired: The Philadelphia Citizen

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.

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PhilaU Student Moderates Jefferson Panel on the Intersection of Health Care and Finance

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.

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Industrial Design Students Create Hand-Cranked Topographical Map: Digital Trends

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.


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Tired Designers, Happy Clients: The ID Sprint Project Final Presentations

_MG_1662This year’s Industrial Design Sprint Project ended in front of a capacity crowd in the DEC Forum last Tuesday. The design staff from Noria Home were on hand with both the Grad and Undergrad ID faculty last Wednesday to review the results of the intensive week of  work. All 26 student teams presented their final designs for consideration to the roving groups of judges. The Top 3 Projects were then selected for recognition along with a special “Most Market-Ready” Award. Thanks to everyone who made this the most successful Sprint Project yet!_MG_1699_MG_1865_MG_1720_MG_1745_MG_1679_MG_1663

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Bria Young ’15 Coming Home as a Harlem Globetrotter: Philadelphia Inquirer

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.


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PhilaU Fashion and Textiles Team Exhibits Collection at Epson Show: California Apparel News

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.”

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