1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health Targets Cambria County: Tribune-Democrat

Cambria County’s low health ranking was cited as a target for improvement when the 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health opened in Johnstown last year, The Tribune-Democrat reported March 14. Cambria ranks 64th overall among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

The Center continues to develop its community engagement teams to help advance responses in various areas of interest, including physical activity, healthy meals, tobacco prevention, mental and spiritual health, disease prevention and worksite wellness.

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JeffDESIGN’s Dr. Bon Ku Asks, “Where Is Technology’s Pledge of Doing Good?”: Technical.ly

Philly pride was flying high in Austin at SXSW with many Philadelphia leaders present, including Dr. Bon Ku, associate professor and director of JeffDESIGN, Technical.ly reported March 13. Informed by the doctor’s Hippocratic Oath, Dr. Ku asked, “Where is technology’s pledge of doing good?”

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East Falls Campus to Host Open House for Prospective Students March 24

At the Open House, prospective students and their families will learn about what makes Jefferson unique.

At the Open House, prospective students and their families will learn about what makes Jefferson unique.

Hundreds of prospective students and their families are expected to attend the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) – East Falls Campus Open House on Saturday, March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In addition to going on a tour of campus, they will meet with various academic departments, chat with faculty members and department chairs, and speak with current students about their ongoing research and projects. Visitors also will talk to athletic coaches, discuss enhanced opportunities for honors students and study abroad programs, sample dining services offerings, and view multiple residence hall options.

“Open House is one of the most valued events we host for prospective students and their families,” said Jack Klett, director of recruitment, enrollment management at Jefferson. “Faculty and staff look forward to meeting potential new members of our community, and visiting families leave campus feeling positive about their experience. It’s a great opportunity to get questions answered and learn about what makes Jefferson unique.”

Visit here to register and for more info.

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Jefferson Holding a T-Shirt Design Contest for Eagles Autism Challenge

Eagles ContestJefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) is holding a student contest to design the University’s team shirt for the Eagles Autism Challenge.

The design must be one color and incorporate the words “Team Jefferson.” Send submissions in EPS, PNG or JPG format to CommunityFundraising@jefferson.edu by April 13. The winner will receive a signed Eagles helmet and, of course, will have his or her design featured on the team’s shirt the day of the event.

The Eagles Autism Challenge is an opportunity to join the team at Jefferson with longtime partners at the Philadelphia Eagles to make a positive difference, helping to generate new funding for autism research and treatment programs.

The one-day bike ride and family-friendly 5K run/walk will feature Eagles players, alumni, coaches, executives, cheerleaders and Swoop. Festivities will begin with a kick-off party at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday evening, May 18, and culminate Saturday, May 19, with a celebration on the field after crossing the finish line.

The Eagles Autism Challenge will direct 100 percent of participant-raised funds to autism research and/or programs at all beneficiary partner institutions—Jefferson and Jefferson Health, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Drexel University.

Free registration is available for the next 100 runners/walkers and 35 bikers to join Team Jefferson. Use the promo codes Jefferson5K or JeffersonBike.

Click here for an event overview, and visit here to register with Team Jefferson.

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Midwifery Alumna Speaks on Capitol Hill About Improving Access to Maternity Care

Hear Ebony Marcelle speak in support of the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act.

Alumna Ebony Marcelle ’07 spoke on March 8—International Women’s Day—at a U.S. Senate briefing on Capitol Hill to raise awareness for the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, S. 783.

The United States is one of just 13 countries—and the only developed nation—where the maternal mortality rate is increasing, according to the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). One in five women in the United States live in healthcare provider shortage areas, which can lead to delays in obtaining needed care during and following pregnancy and birth. Passage of S. 783 is one mechanism to help alleviate the significant pressures on many rural and urban communities, health systems and women in need of access to qualified maternity care providers.

Marcelle is the director of midwifery services at Community of Hope Family Health and Birth Center in Washington, D.C. She has won the Save the Children’s Real Award, Midwife Honoree and the ACNM’s Kitty Ernst “Young Whippersnapper” Award, which honors a midwife who has demonstrated innovative, creative endeavors in clinical practice, education, administration or research relating to midwifery and women’s health.

In addition, Marcelle has served as a clinical preceptor and volunteer mentor for graduate students at the Midwifery Institute at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), said Dana Perlman, director of the Institute. “She has been an invaluable asset for career advancement to our students and has hired, mentored and advised our students and alumnae.”

Read Ebony Marcelle’s interview with the Washington Post here.

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Jefferson Named a Top Graphic Design School by GDUSA Magazine

Graphic design seniors researched, developed and prototyped a design system that would help build community resilience around heat emergencies.

Graphic design seniors researched, developed and prototyped a design system that would help build community resilience around heat emergencies.

For the seventh year in a row, GDUSA magazine has named Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) a top graphic design school. In addition, the publication recognized graphic design communication seniors Peter Aston and Zachary Faust as Students to Watch.

“It’s a high honor to be included,” said Frank Baseman, director of the graphic design communication program at Jefferson. “I think it speaks to the outstanding work of our students, the extremely talented and energetic faculty, and our strong curriculum. We firmly believe that we’re training the next generation of talented design thinkers and strategists.”

GDUSA said Jefferson “cultivates design strategists with an innovative spirit and superior critical thinking skills applicable to a diversity of human needs.” In addition, the publication praised the University’s curriculum, which embraces design thinking and strategic planning, features real-world assignments and is based on active, hands-on learning emphasizing traditional design skills and the ability to responds to complex problems across a variety of media.

And, having found personal and professional growth through their programs, this year’s Students to Watch are “ready to burst” onto the design scene, the magazine said.

Baseman shared some recent accomplishments from the program:

* Graphic design seniors enrolled in systems design integration participated in an industry-sponsored project with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Over the course of a semester, eight student groups researched, developed and prototyped a design system that would help build community resilience around heat emergencies. Associate professor Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel and assistant professors Beth Shirrell and Renee Walker had a presentation accepted to the AIGA Make Conference on this project.

* Senior Paige Graff had a project selected for the international publication Graphis New Talent Design Annual 2018.

* Adobe invited alumnus Ronnie Alley ’16 to present at Adobe Live in San Francisco.

* Alumna Ali Doucette ’13 won the Fresh Award from AIGA Philadelphia, an honor given to an emerging designer.

* Baseman will participate in two upcoming presentations: a panel discussion on design thinking and entrepreneurship during Penn State Startup Week and a lecture to MFA students at Marywood University.

The influential GDUSA list of top programs is based on a mix of objective and subjective factors, including the publication’s relationships with designers, students, recruiters and educators.

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Blackstone and Techstars Announce “Game-Changing” Partnership to Support Student Entrepreneurs

This partnership will give Jefferson students additional access to resources and mentors.

This new partnership will give Jefferson students additional access to resources and mentors.

Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Techstars have announced they will team up to supercharge Blackstone LaunchPad, the preeminent campus-based entrepreneurship program.

“This partnership is a game changer for our entrepreneurs,” said Abena Nyarko, program manager of Blackstone LaunchPad at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “This will give our students additional access to resources and mentors who have walked the entrepreneurship path so many times. It’s exactly what our ventures need if they want to achieve more and at a faster pace. Jefferson’s Blackstone LaunchPad community is truly excited at what’s to come.”

Blackstone LaunchPad, a program that encourages entrepreneurial thinking and startup activity, provides support and mentorship to students, staff and alumni regardless of their major, experience or discipline. Read some example of how Blackstone LaunchPad has helped Jefferson students here.

Beginning in 2018, Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, will provide Blackstone LaunchPad participants access to their network of over 10,000 mentors, invitations to signature events and access to world-renowned content and startup services. In addition, Techstars will help student entrepreneurs navigate the complex landscape of fundraising, job placement and recruitment.

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New Impressions 2018

news_program_basemannewimpressionsProfessor and Program Director Frank Baseman was honored to be included in the upcoming exhibition, New Impressions 2018, with a recent letterpress print. New Impressions, produced by the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, is an “international, juried exhibition to showcase exploration and creativity with letterpress printing techniques. From this age-old tradition, we strive to challenge and inspire artists to continue the love of printing.” There will be work on display from 44 artists in 9 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, Argentina, Austria, Norway, Brazil and Italy. The exhibition runs from April 17 to June 30, 2018 at Hamilton; and then travels in the Fall of 2018.

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Graphic Design Discovery Day 2018 and Real World Jefferson Graphic Design Alumni Event

news_program_2018discoveryday1The Graphic Design Communication program proudly welcomed back a stellar lineup of alums at the annual Real World 2018 Jefferson Graphic Design Alumni event. The seats were packed in the DEC Center Forum with prospective students and parents attending the Graphic Design Discovery Day, as well as current students (regardless that their attendance was required!) to hear the “pearls of wisdom” offered by those that have made their way in the real world (yes, there is life after college!). In a panel discussion format, recent graduates of the Jefferson (PhilaU) Graphic Design program shared their career advice and experiences and useful job-searching information with the audience. Thanks everyone for coming back to see us, and for giving us your valuable time—please continue to stay in touch!news_program_2018discoveryday2news_program_2018discoveryday3The stellar alumni lineup (left to right): Elissa Flanigan (2014), Designer, Quirk Books, Phila. PA; RonnieAlley (2016), Designer, Pixel Parlor, Phila. PA; Caroline Noebels (2016), Graphic Designer, Push10, Phila. PA; Kendra Stepp-Davis (2016), Junior Graphic Designer, Bombas,  New York, NY; Jessica Eversmeyer (2015), Senior Graphic Designer, 20nine, Phila. PA; Kelsey (Veurink) Perkins (2015), Designer, Karma Agency, Phila. PA; and Liz Dell (2015), Associate Graphic Designer, Aerie by American Eagle, New York, NY.news_program_2018discoveryday4news_program_2018discoveryday5news_program_2018discoveryday6news_program_2018discoveryday7news_program_2018discoveryday8news_program_2018discoveryday9news_program_2018discoveryday10news_program_2018discoveryday11news_program_2018discoveryday12

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Jefferson Hoops CACC Champs and NCAA Bound: KYW

For the 30th time in his Hall of Fame career, Herb Magee is taking his team to the NCAA Tournament, KYW reported March 8.

The men’s basketball team will open up play in the tourney on Saturday against top seed Le Moyne in Syracuse, N.Y.

The Rams earned an automatic bid into the field by winning the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference title.

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