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Art Therapy Program Hosts Origami Workshop

More than 20 people attended "Origami Folio Book: Creating Safe Spaces for Expression."

More than 20 people attended “Origami Folio Book: Creating Safe Spaces for Expression.”

The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) Art Therapy program hosted the Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association Sept. 17, who held a three-hour workshop on creating origami folio books for use in the creation of safe spaces. Art therapists Laura Bauder and Jefferson adjunct professor Mindy Jacobson-Levy led 23 attendees in the creation and discussion of this valuable therapeutic tool.

Visit here for more info on the new M.S. in Art Therapy specialization in the Community and Trauma Counseling program.

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Designer, Activist, Woman: A Panel Discussion

The Graphic Design Communication program at Jefferson recently hosted “Designer, Activist, Woman,” an exciting panel discussion organized by Associate Professor, Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel. The panelists spoke to students about a wide range of inspiring experiences with activist-focused endeavors and helped the students understand how they can use their design skills to promote positive change. The panelists included:

Suzy Mackie: founding member of the UK-based activist feminist poster collective, “See Red Women’s Workshop,” active 1974–1990

Michele Cooper: owner of Cooper Graphic Design and co-founder of activist group, “Sisters in Solidarity”

Emily Cooper Morse: founder/lead organizer of the Women’s March on Philadelphia attended by over 50,000 individuals and founding board member of Philly Women Rally

Maryam Pugh: owner and co-founder of Philadelphia Printworks, a digital and physical community space dedicated to creative collaboration around activism



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Specter Center to Award Two $5,000 Research Fellowships

The fellowships will produce important insights and knowledge in public policy, political science and international affairs.

The fellowships will produce important insights and knowledge in public policy, political science and international affairs.

The University’s Arlen Specter Center for Public Service will award two $5,000 fellowships to promote scholarship and research in an area supported by the Arlen Specter Collection and increase awareness of the late senator’s work and legacy.

Fellowships will be awarded to a graduate student or a post-graduate scholar working in history, political science, medicine, public health, criminal justice, public policy or related fields.

Research topics could include Supreme Court nominee confirmations, LGBTQ rights, Middle East diplomacy, Cuban-American relations, scientific/medical research, criminal justice, the Clinton impeachment, Philadelphia regional development or other areas relevant to the career of the late senator.

To inform their work, the fellows will use the Arlen Specter Collection, which was donated to the University by Sen. Specter in 2011 and contains his extensive papers, audio-visual materials, photographs and memorabilia documenting his 30-year senatorial career representing Pennsylvania. The research must result in a published work that furthers knowledge and understanding of a legislative, historical or policy issue.

“The Specter Center research fellowships will produce new important insights and knowledge in public policy, political science and international affairs, while also perpetuating the legacy of Pennsylvania’s longest-serving U.S. senator,” said Karen Albert, coordinator of the Specter Center. “Since fellows will utilize the Arlen Specter archive as the basis of their research, the awards will also serve as a culmination of the four-year process undertaken at the University of Pittsburgh to process and organize the late senator’s large and rich manuscript collection.”

Shanin Specter, prominent Philadelphia trial attorney and son of Arlen Specter, and his wife, Tracey, have funded the fellowships.

Applications must be submitted by Oct. 31, 2017. For eligibility requirements, necessary materials and additional details, visit here.

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ICYMI: See All the Projects from Nexus Maximus

During the four-day event, ideas spanned all areas of innovation for refugees and displaced populations.

Students from more than 30 academic programs presented projects to help refugees and displaced populations in the fourth annual Nexus Maximus challenge—the University’s largest Nexus Learning project.

Held on East Falls campus, the international collaboration yielded innovations of 220 students from freshmen to graduate level from Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), Aalto University in Finland, DUOC in Chile, City University of New York and Pace University in New York.

All the project posters can now be viewed here, and read the event recap here.

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Occupational Therapy Students Serve as Profession Ambassadors in Morocco

Student Katie Ramin teaches a child to use a fidget spinner in Kenitra.

Occupational therapy student Katie Ramin teaches a child to use a fidget spinner in Kenitra.

Fifteen occupational therapy graduate students traveled last month to Morocco for the inaugural OT Student Ambassador Experience at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). During the 11-day trip, the students served as representatives of the profession, as the North African nation currently does not have a native occupational therapy workforce, and learned how their services can be provided outside the context of their U.S. experience.

The group, including five third-year and 10 second-year students from the East Falls campus, worked with people in a variety of settings throughout the country. They visited a nursing home and a community center for children with disabilities in Kenitra; a neuro-rehabilitation clinic in Marrakech; a vocational training facility in the capital of Rabat for people with developmental disabilities; and the home of a stroke patient to deliver a hemi-walker and train him and his family on its use.

“It was the first time in years he was able to kiss his granddaughter while standing,” said Monique Chabot, assistant professor of occupational therapy, who lead the trip in conjunction with the nonprofit organization Glocal Impacts.

Student Lynn Nemeth at a restaurant run by the vocational school in Rabat.

Student Lynn Nemeth at a restaurant run by the vocational school in Rabat.

While in Morocco, the students also had the opportunity to embrace the local culture, including surfing lessons and camel rides on the beach in Essaouira, visiting the world’s third-largest mosque in Casablanca, taking in musical performances in Marrakech and participating in a henna party in traditional Moroccan dresses in Fes.

“The entire experience was an incredible opportunity to share our knowledge and skills with people who would not have ready access to this information,” Chabot said. “People were extremely grateful for what we had to offer. I also feel the interactions with the locals gave our students a different perspective on the world and the great diversity in how we live. I hope they will remember this when they begin to work with their own patients, some of whom will be very different from them.”

Second-year student Anna Slomowitz said she appreciated the opportunity to go on a trip tied to her profession where she could immerse herself in the culture and lend a hand to those in need.

“It gave me a wealth of insight on what it takes to have a strong sense of what OTs call ‘therapeutic use of self,’ and to use knowledge as a tool to help others,” said Slomowitz, describing it as “the trip of a lifetime.”

Second-year student Kristina Matteo said the experience gave her direct exposure into the Moroccan way of life, including the food, language, traditions and everyday occupations. Her favorite part of the trip was riding a camel in Kenitra with a 9-year-old boy diagnosed with a stroke. She developed a strong therapeutic relationship with this child after spending the day with him and several other children from a local rehabilitation clinic.

“I had the privilege of giving him one of the gifts we brought from the U.S.,” Matteo said. “He put on his new pair of black sunglasses and asked to take a picture with me. Moments like these are exactly why I not only decided to attend this trip but also pursue the career of occupational therapy. This experience helped me gain a deeper understanding of my role as a future practitioner in assisting individuals of all cultural backgrounds participate in meaningful occupations.”

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AIGA Jefferson at 2017 Lancaster Letterpress Fair

This past weekend, a bunch of active AIGA Jefferson Graphic Design students traveled to Lancaster to attend the 2017 Lancaster Letterpress Fair, hosted by the Heritage Press Museum and the .918 Club. They got to support letterpress professionals and craftsmen in the area, along with Professor and Program Director (and proprietor of Base Press), Frank Baseman. Students were able to experience a wide range of printing techniques, such as letterpress for bookmarks and coasters, and well as screen printing a Letterpress Fair poster. Some amazing treasures students took home supporting local letterpress businesses included notebooks, stationery, cards, wood blocks from Moore Wood Type and Virgin Wood Type,  and the Ladies of Letterpress book by Kseniya Thomas and  Jessica C. White.

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Sell More Reams: How Dwight Schrute Survived Y2K

          The digital age began its long dawning even before the first computer was made a...
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Interior Design Alumna Kim Wannop Wins Emmy Award: TV Ruckus

Interior design alumna Kim Wannop won an Emmy award for outstanding production design for her work on the HBO television comedy “Veep,” TV Ruckus reported Sept. 13.

Wannop ’99 previously worked on such hits as “Bones” and “Parks and Recreation.”

The 69th Annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony was held on Sept. 9 and 10.


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Fashion Alumni Show Collections at New York Fashion Week

Madison Chamberlain was inspired by a group of eccentric struggling artists in the late 19th century.

Madison Chamberlain was inspired by a group of eccentric struggling artists in the late 19th century.

Two recent fashion design alumni presented their work at the Designers’ Premier show at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) Sept. 9.

Madison Chamberlain ’17 and Maria Palantino ’17 opened the program at the Stewart Hotel and were the only student collections featured.

“This is not only a highlight of the Jefferson fashion design program, but showing at NYFW is a real milestone for a designer, especially so early in their careers,” said Carly Kusy, fashion design instructor. “It’s an incredible opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting during the most important fashion event of the year.

Inspired by a group of eccentric struggling artists in the late 19th century, Chamberlain showed “Parisian Boheme,” featuring luxurious silhouettes and colors that tell the story of their eclectic lifestyles and the artwork they created.

This collection featured a jacquard collaboration with graduate textile design alumna Becky Flax ’17 and earned the Fashion Industries Association Awards for Best of Show and Best Senior Collection–Honorable Mention at the annual Fashion Show at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). Chamberlain currently is a design assistant for dresses at Free People.

Maria Palantino's collection received the Nexus Learning Award for a collaborative design initiative at Jefferson’s Fashion Show.

Maria Palantino’s collection received the Nexus Learning Award at Jefferson’s Fashion Show.

Palantino showed “Fragmented Perfection,” which was inspired by Kintsugi, the Japanese art of mending broken pottery.

This collection, featuring knit and jacquard collaborations with textile design alumna Regan Marriner ’17, received the Nexus Learning Award for collaborative design at this year’s Fashion Show and the Woolmark Company Award for student innovation. Palantino is an assistant fashion designer for multi-seasonal core and outerwear at Lilly Pulitzer.

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