Late Night’s Seth Meyers Comments on PhilaU Student Batsuit

Seth Meyer, host of NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” joked about the Batsuit created by PhilaU industrial design student Jackson Gordon in his Feb. 25 monologue. Hey, Seth, that’s what we do at PhilaU — design cool things! Watch the clip here.

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Design X Fashion Show Wows Crowd: Roxborough Review

PhilaU’s Design X fashion show featuring innovative designs made with unusual materials was “a student showcase of concept, creativity and excellent execution,” The Roxborough Review wrote in a Feb. 27 story.

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Stragetic Design MBA Director Nixon On How To Lead With Design Thinking: Inc.com

Strategic Design MBA Director Natalie Nixon offers seven principles to help lead using design thinking in Inc.com Feb. 26. “It is helpful to access tools and lenses that help us navigate unpredictable terrain when attempting to lead with excellence,” Nixon says. “Design thinking is one of those lenses.”

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Innovative Design X Fashions Rock the Runway

Rebecca Kuypers' red dress cotnians carboard, plastic plates and foam core.

Rebecca Kuypers’ red dress cotnians carboard, plastic plates and foam core.

Elegant dresses made of not-so-elegant materials, including mirrors, pipe cleaners, plastic utensils, pumpkin seeds and chicken wire, electrified the runway at PhilaU’s annual Design X show Feb. 26.

The fashion show featured more than 30 experimental designs made with unusual materials by fashion design juniors and seniors for a fashion problem-solving course.

Senior Lauren Casale created a stunning black gown from 150 garbage bags. “The biggest challenge was getting rid of the garbage-bag shine,” she said. “So, I added sparkles and spray paint to achieve the look I wanted.”

Casale said the challenge forced her to think outside the box in terms of body coverings, learning that “even garbage bags can be fashionable.”

“We’re always astounded by the creativity of our students at this show,” said Sheila Connelly, fashion design program director.

Lauren Casale's stunning black ball gown is made of 150 garbage bags.

Lauren Casale’s stunning black gown is made of 150 garbage bags.

Faculty member and “Project Runway” winner Jay McCarroll, who emceed the event, told the audience in Downs Hall auditorium that students in his class needed to be resourceful to be successful. “Students have under three weeks to produce their pieces, which must be made using little to no fabric and a budget of no more than $20,” he said.

Carly Kusy, assistant fashion design professor who also taught the course, said, “The parameters of the projects provide exciting opportunities for students to experience similar constraints that they will be faced with in the industry. As always, they exceeded expectations.”

“Designing in this class is a really fun experience because you can go in whatever direction your imagination takes you, and you can be as creative as you want to be,” said junior Susannah Huffer. For her Design X dress, she used vibrantly painted cardboard to mimic the look of a lionfish’s venomous rays, which was inspired by an aquarium visit.

Samantha Park's pigeon-inspired design is made of coffee filters, pipe cleaners and card stock.

Samantha Park’s pigeon-inspired design is made of coffee filters, pipe cleaners and card stock.

“It’s challenging at first,” senior Brittany McFadden said of the design process. “You have to think very abstractly. Anything goes.” McFadden created an avant-garde head covering, inspired by the Japanese ceremonial teahouse at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, by incorporating materials such as wicker baskets and wooden dowels.

Design X was produced by members of the student group Fashion Industries Association. Senior Taryn Scala, FIA president, worked behind the scenes to direct the show, including selecting the music and determining the lineup. The experience, she said, “gets us ready to produce the Annual Fashion Show in the spring.”

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Graphic Design USA Names Two PhilaU Seniors “Students to Watch”

Graphic Design USA magazine names Sarah Driban and Jessica Eversmeyer “Students to Watch.”

Graphic Design USA magazine names Sarah Driban and Jessica Eversmeyer “Students to Watch.”

Two graphic design communication seniors made Graphic Design USA magazine’s prestigious “Students to Watch” list, which appeared in the January/February 2015 issue.

Sarah Driban and Jessica Eversmeyer were among only 29 students nationwide to receive the honor. Philadelphia University was one of only 16 universities represented this year.

This is the fourth consecutive year students representing PhilaU’s graphic design communication program have made the list. Read more on PhilaU’s graphic design communication program blog.

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PhilaU Industrial Design Student Builds Batsuit: CBS3, Esquire, TechTimes

PhilaU industrial design freshman Jackson Gordon has built a functioning Batsuit, CBS3 reported Feb. 26. Gordon’s design, which has received much media attention, also was reported Esquire, TechTimesiradiophilly and Uproxx.

Watch the CBS3 video clip to see Gordon demonstrate his Batsuit in the industrial design studio area of Hayward Hall.

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New Director Announced for Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning

After more than 30 years of dedicated service to Philadelphia University, Marion Roydhouse has announced her retirement, effective Jan. 1, 2016. She will step down as the founding director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning on June 30, and will continue to serve as special advisor to the provost through the fall 2015 semester.

Marion Roydhouse

Marion Roydhouse

Roydhouse, who has left her mark in many ways since joining PhilaU in 1984, will be named professor emerita of history and founding director emerita of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning.

Jeff Ashley, professor of chemistry, will assume the position of director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning on Sept. 1.

“Both Marion and Jeff have had a significant impact on the success of Philadelphia University, playing critical roles in the development and implementation of our Strategic Plan and Strategic Build,” said Provost Randy Swearer. “They have worked to provide the faculty with the support to ensure that Nexus Learning is delivered across the curriculum, ultimately providing our students and graduates with a competitive advantage in the real world. Their efforts have solidified our reputation as one of today’s most innovative universities.”

During her time at PhilaU, Roydhouse served in many impactful positions, including professor of history, dean of general studies, dean of the School of Liberal Arts, interim vice president for academic affairs and provost and, most recently, director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning. In the latter position, she helped create Nexus Learning grants, started PhilaU Celebrate Teaching Week and developed the Nexus Learning Advocates program.

“Being able to support faculty to experiment with teaching teams to work collaboratively across disciplines has been an unmitigated pleasure,” Roydhouse said. “Few other institutions of our size have such well-supported places where teaching is central to the mission of the university.”

Seeing students, as well as faculty, excel and thrive using the Nexus Learning curriculum has been particularly rewarding, she added.

Roydhouse played a key role in developing PhilaU’s former general education College Studies curriculum and later helped create the University’s model for professional education infused with the liberal arts.

Chemistry Professor Jeff Ashley will take over as director.

Chemistry Professor Jeff Ashley will take over as director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning on Sept. 1.

Matt Dane Baker, executive dean of the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, said Roydhouse has had an immense impact on Philadelphia University on both personal and professional levels.

“She has been a trusted friend, colleague and mentor to many on campus,” Baker said. “Marion preached and implemented active pedagogy for many years prior to Nexus Learning. Under her leadership Nexus Learning was defined, inventoried and disseminated through workshops and seminars.”

Ashley, who will take over as director of the Center on Sept. 1, credits Roydhouse with leading the campus-wide adoption of Nexus Learning through designing new courses and encouraging self-reflection in faculty.

As interim director for the Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning last year when Roydhouse was on sabbatical, Ashley continued to foster the University’s commitment to Nexus Learning and its reputation for academic excellence. This year, he has served as coordinator of Nexus Learning Spaces to help deliver PhilaU’s innovative brand of education through several innovative new Nexus Learning Hub classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

Ashley said he is eager to continue to build on the Nexus Learning model. “Teaching well, or continually wanting to teach better, seems to be the common denominator among faculty members at PhilaU,” he said. “The Center and its director are the essential catalysts for making that happen.”

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Industrial Design Student Uses Skills to Build A Batsuit: Buzzfeed, The Daily Telegraph, Yahoo! Hong Kong

Industrial Design freshman Jackson Gordon continues to receives lots of media buzz for designing and building a functional Batsuit, including reports in BuzzFeed, and international publications such as The Daily Telegraph (UK), Perth Now (Australia)  and Yahoo! Hong Kong.

The Batsuit took five months to create and was funded with a successful Kickstarter campaign. “The main goal of the project was to show my understanding and ability to execute the design process in a given task, to be able to show an employer what I can do,” Gordon told BuzzFeed. “It was to bolster my design portfolio.”

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Industrial Design Student and His Batsuit Featured in USA Today College, Time, Popular Mechanics, Elite Daily and Others

Freshman industrial design student Jackson Gordon designed and built a working Batsuit, according to news reports by USA Today College, Time, Popular Mechanics, Elite Daily, Tech TimesGeek, University Herald and other media outlets.

“A Philadelphia University student designed a real-life Batsuit that withstands punches, baseball bats and even blades,” Time wrote.

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Join SDMBA Students for Global Service Jam Innovation Weekend

Philadelphia University’s Strategic Design MBA program and the Independence Blue Cross Center for Health Care Innovation will co-sponsor Global Service Jam, a weekend-long event in which people around the world simultaneously ideate on an assigned topic. To participate, register here.

The event, which begins Friday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m. and concludes Sunday, March 1 at 3 p.m., is designed to foster collaborative innovation in a field such as transportation, education or health care.

“The Service Jam will expose people to the design-thinking process,” said Natalie Nixon, Strategic Design MBA program director, adding that the challenge will bring people together to solve a global problem who ordinarily would not have met.

This is the first time Global Service Jam is taking place in Philadelphia. The event will take place in the Independence Blue Cross Center for Health Care Innovation, 1700 Market Street, 7th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Participants will be given a one-word prompt at the start of the Service Jam—for instance, one year’s prompt was “grow”—and will then spend the weekend working on innovations and prototyping solutions based on that word. All solutions from across the globe will be posted online Sunday.

The event is open to all. Tickets are $10 and include pizza, snacks and workspace for the weekend. If you would like to participate, register here.

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