PhilaU Textile Students Take Top Prizes at Alpaca Owners Association Design Competition

Philadelphia University textile design students nearly swept the textile category in the 2016 Alpaca Owners Association (AOA) Student Design Competition. Undergraduate Samantha Russo ’18 came in first place, while graduate students Becky Flax ’17 and Rachel Snack ’17, respectively, placed fourth and fifth.

PhilaU undergraduate Samantha Russo ’18 came in first place in the textile category at the 2016 Alpaca Owners Association Student Design Competition.

Philadelphia University textile design students nearly swept the textile category in the 2016 Alpaca Owners Association (AOA) Student Design Competition. Undergraduate Samantha Russo ’18 came in first place, while graduate students Becky Flax ’17 and Rachel Snack ’17, respectively, placed fourth and fifth.

The competition aims to expose college-level art, fashion and textile design students and professors to designing with alpaca fiber. This year, each entry included textile samples with at least 50 percent alpaca fiber, as well as a concept design board utilizing the theme of alpaca as an earth-friendly fiber and a one-page essay.

In Russo’s knit studio class, taught by adjunct professor Leah D’ambrosio, she knit a swatch made primarily of alpaca yarns for the competition, which she envisioned as a long cardigan. Russo said she was inspired by pebbles and the way they naturally create an interesting negative space.

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Psychology Professor Hass Says Pros Wentz and Embiid Can Improve Through Study: Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine

Philadelphia University assistant professor of psychology Richard Hass said pro athletes Carson Wentz and Joel Embiid can become great players through study and watching games as well as physical practice, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sept. 30.

Wentz, the Eagles quarterback with only three games under his belt, and Embiid, a center for the 76ers who missed two seasons due to an injury, both have spent much time studying videos and observing play, according to the article.

Hass said the athletes’ performances and potential get to the heart of questions that psychological and neurological researchers have long been trying to answer: What is the source of expertise? What is the best way to become great at something? “Learning to outperform your peers consistently has a lot to do with practice,” Hass said. “The debate is, what does practice mean?”

“There are parts of the brain – and the science is emerging on this – that are called mirror neurons,” Hass said, “that seem to be able to track and simulate action. What Wentz may be able to do and Joel may be able to do is sort of imagine themselves in the game while they’re watching it.”

Hass’ comments also were cited in a Philadelphia magazine article published Sept. 30.

 

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Baseman Wins Recent Awards

Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman was awarded three Awards of Excellence in the Graphic Design USA 2016 American Design Awards design competition. Winning awards were some recent posters, including work from the rebus sign series.

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Philadelphia: City of Designerly Love, How Design Article

news_program_designerlylovemagIn the September issue of the leading industry publication HOW Magazine there is a feature article about the Graphic Design community in Philadelphia. “Philadelphia: City of Designerly Love” highlights several PhilaU faculty and alums. Of the seven firms profiled, Associate Professor Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel and Assistant Professor Renee Walker are featured; and Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman is mentioned. In addition, PhilaU Graphic Design alum Kristian Summerer (PhilaU GDC, 1999) and his firm Machinery are featured. Philadelphia University--and the Integrative Design Process (IDP) course in particular—were mentioned in the article. PhilaU was the only Philadelphia-area design school singled out.

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Men’s Basketball Coach Herb Magee Previews Season: City of Basketball Love

Hall-of-Fame Coach Herb Magee, now entering his 50th year as head coach of PhilaU’s men’s basketball team, talked about his long career and previewed the 2016-17 season in an interview with City of Basketball Love.

Of the upcoming season, Magee said, “You coach your players according to their talent, and what they can and can’t do. And once we can see what these guys can and can’t do and how they mesh, then I’ll decide how we’re going to play and I think we’ll be pretty good.”

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PhilaU’s Disaster Medicine and Management Program Among Top in the Country

Disaster Medicine and Management students conduct an emergency operations center level  exercise.

Disaster Medicine and Management students conduct an emergency operations center level exercise.

Philadelphia University’s Disaster Medicine and Management program was named one of the top online emergency management master’s degree programs in the country. The recent ranking from the Emergency Management Degree Guide considered tuition and popularity data gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator database.

Grabbing the No. 9 spot on the list, PhilaU’s program received high praise from the ranking’s editors.

“Some students may worry that getting their education online will mean missing out on the perceived benefits of a traditional program,” they wrote. “But at Philadelphia University, the online Disaster Medicine and Management degree actually brings two great resources—the University’s College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts plus the Albert Einstein Health Network’s Department of Emergency Medicine—together into one stellar distance learning initiative. With this take on a critical incident management online master’s degree, you’ll gain access to in-demand careers in public health, nursing, environmental health and even national defense.”

“The real-world experiences and a required on-campus week provide a rich environment to test out knowledge and skills,” added Jean Bail, director of the Disaster Medicine and Management program.

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Happy 35th Birthday AIGA Philadelphia!

With over 100 years of history to draw from, AIGA, the professional association for design, has been around for quite awhile. Founded in 1914 in New York City as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA now has more than 25,000 members nationwide from more than 70 local chapters. In 1981 some bold designers in Philadelphia formed the first of these local chapters, which became AIGA Philadelphia. To help celebrate it’s 35th Anniversary, AIGA Philadelphia asked 35 designers to each design a poster to celebrate the chapter’s birthday. Recently there was an exhibition and party to celebrate this wonderful collection of posters.

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The PhilaU Graphic Design program has had a long history of very active involvement with our local AIGA chapter as the following faculty members contributed posters: Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman; Associate Professor Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel; and Adjunct Professors Laurie Churchman; Rose DiSanto; and Bob Walkulwiz. We are very proud of our faculty involvement through the years and pleased that the chapter has recognized some of our colleagues.

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Adjunct Professor of Interior Architecture Spence Kass Profiled in Period Homes

Spence Kass, adjunct professor of interior architecture at Philadelphia University, was featured in the September issue of Period Homes. The principal of Kass & Associates, he started his own architectural firm in Philadelphia 26 years ago.

One of the keys to success is collaboration with the homeowners and the contributing experts, such as masons, plasterers, painters and interior designers, he said. “When the magic of intense collaboration works, it makes the project better than it can be alone. It’s integrated in a really different way.”

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Design Learning Serves as Foundation to Improve Formal Education: The Brookings Institution

Educators and education leaders should focus less on translating knowledge and more on the processes of entrepreneurial learning and creativity, according to a Sept. 14 Brookings Institution article on the imperative for design learning.

The authors cited Philadelphia University’s Nexus Learning as a notable example of design learning.

“Over the past ten years, design thinking has gained prominence as a means to target the discovery of unmet business opportunities in the formulation of consumer solutions,” they wrote. “In the past five to six years design thinking has also been applied to education as a means to teach problem finding, solution building, and iteration. … Building on design thinking, we believe that design learning will come to serve as a foundation to improving formal education.”

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PhilaU Sponsors Innovative Projects During DesignPhiladelphia 2016

As the oldest design festival of its kind in the country, DesignPhiladelphia highlights the work of thousands of local designers, architects, and creative professionals to demonstrate Philadelphia’s reemergence as a 21st century city shaped by thoughtful design, collaborative business practices, and community engagement.

DesignPhiladelphia highlights the work of designers, architects and creative professionals to demonstrate Philadelphia’s reemergence as a 21st-century city shaped by thoughtful design, collaborative business practices and community engagement.

As institutions of higher learning that share the view that design and design thinking are critical to innovation, Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University are proud to be the title sponsors of DesignPhiladelphia 2016, from Oct. 6-16.

The theme for DesignPhiladelphia this year is “Home,” with the focus on programs that demonstrate how design can strengthen our connections to places, to ourselves and to each other.

Check out some of the events PhilaU and TJU will host during the festival:

THE BEACON
Created in collaboration with lead Jenny Sabin Studio, THE BEACON, presented by MEDstudio@JEFF, is an illuminated art installation featuring events and interactive exhibits to create a hub of “deliberate listening,” showing the importance of empathy in health care.
All festival, opening Oct. 6, 6 p.m.; Jefferson’s Lubert Plaza, Locust Street, between 10th and 11th streets, Philadelphia

NY Immersion at Philadelphia University
An exhibit at the new Fashion and Textiles Futures Center displaying work from the NY Immersion course where fashion design and merchandising students were charged with creating a home collection for Isaac Mizrahi.
All festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fashion and Textiles Futures Center

The theme for DesignPhiladelphia this year is “Home.”

The theme for DesignPhiladelphia this year is “Home,” with a focus on how design can strengthen our connections to places, to ourselves and to each other.

Intercurrences: Intervening Design Strategies
This exhibition of selected projects from PhilaU’s Nexus Learning design programs integrates animation, architecture, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture and textile design, and features projects from Sabin+Jones LabStudio and Thomas Jefferson University’s MEDstudio@JEFF.
All festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch St., Philadelphia

Empathy = Action
Listen to an inter-professional panel uniting a brain trust of local leaders, community members, practitioners and students from PhilaU and TJU to brainstorm opportunities for how design can make a more significant impact on public engagement and wellness within Philadelphia’s communities.
Monday, Oct. 10, 6-9 p.m.; Stantec Philadelphia Office, Suite 1100; 1500 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia

2016 Geodesign Forum
The Forum will focus on planning and design of the built environment for sustainable, active, healthier communities with a strong sense of place. It will feature presentations from Maria Aiolova, Kristen Kurland, Robert Cheetham, David Tulloch and Russ McIntire.
Monday, Oct. 10, 1-6 p.m. (reception to follow); DEC Forum

Textile + Shelter
The exhibit presents projects from the IDEA, the Interdisciplinary Design and Experimental Architecture Studio of PhilaU, which is supported by a 2015 NCARB Award. Architecture, textile, fashion and industrial design students examine the five layers of the human skin in this intriguing exhibition.
Monday, Oct. 10, 6-8:30 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (final date followed by a reception); The Design Center

The Thread Starts Here: From Fiber to Fashion
See the official opening of the Fashion and Textiles Futures Center, a hub for innovation through the integration of education, research and practice. There will be series of short talks, demos and hands-on activities in textiles and fashion.
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2-6 p.m.; Hayward Hall

Braided Streams: Water & Architecture will explore the poetics of water and architecture through issues of sustainability and the built environment.

How Technology Is Changing Our Homes
Would your cooking improve if you had a voice and gesture recognition sous chef to guide you through recipes? What if you had a hands-free, house-wide communications system or a smart bathroom? Discuss how technology is changing our homes with Verizon experts and PhilaU faculty.
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2-6 p.m.; DEC Forum

Interiors Philadelphia: A Conversation on Design
Learn more about the Philadelphia interior design scene at a panel discussion featuring area industry leaders and rising stars.
Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:30-8 p.m.; Kanbar Campus Center

Braided Streams: Water & Architecture
Explore the poetics of water and architecture through four lectures addressing issues of sustainability and the built environment, covering water environments of both plenty and of scarcity.
Friday, Oct. 14, 1:30-6:30 p.m. (followed by a reception); DEC Forum

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