NJ Industrial Design Student Creates for Target: Courier Post

Anthony Maladra and three other industrial design seniors created back-to-school products now available in Target stores nationwide, the South Jersey Courier-Post reported July 30. Maladra, of Medford, N.J., designed a graphic pegboard that he said utilizes wall space to create more storage for students living in tight spaces. The four industrial design students, including Nick Friez, Chloe Muller and Sam Pawlak, designed the products for a studio course taught by faculty members Lyn Godley and Mike Leonard in collaboration with home products firm Umbra.

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Industrial Design Professor Mark Havens Captures Classic Shore Motels in Photos: The New York Times

Mark Havens, assistant professor of industrial design, has captured the classic kitschiness of mid-century motels in the Jersey shore towns of the Wildwoods in his photo series “Out of Season,” The New York Times reported July 26.  In 10 years of photographing the iconic structures, replete with kidney-shaped pools and neon flashing lights, Havens amassed more than 13,000 images that he said bring out “the interplay of an idealized past and its inexorable disappearance.”

View the slideshow here.

Industrial Design Professor Mark Havens' photo of classic Jersey Shore motel.

Industrial Design Professor Mark Havens’ photo of classic Jersey Shore motel.

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PhilaU Industrial Design Students Score Space on Target’s Shelves: Philadelphia Inquirer

Four PhilaU industrial design students designed products for Target’s back-to-school line, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported July 28. The products are currently available online and in some 1,800 of the mass retailer’s stores. The students are seniors Nick Friez, Anthony Maladra, Chloe Muller and Sam Pawlak.

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PhilaU Industrial Design Students Design Back-To-School Products For Target

Industrial design students Nick Friez, Anthony Maladra, Chloe Muller and Sam Pawlak with their Target products. (Photo by Seth Andrew Shimkonis)

Industrial design students Nick Friez, Anthony Maladra, Chloe Muller and Sam Pawlak with their Target products. (Photo by Seth Andrew Shimkonis)

In collaboration with Target and product design firm Umbra, four Philadelphia University industrial design students are having their products manufactured and sold as part of the mega-retailer’s back-to-school line.

Target announced the sale of the student designs, winners of a design competition with Umbra, on July 22. The items, under the label Loft by Umbra, are now available online and on the shelves of Target’s almost 1,800 stores.

The winning PhilaU industrial design students and their products are:

Nick Friez: Bunky, a bedside stand to hold electronics and books (buy it here).

Chloe Muller: Roo over-the-door laundry bag that converts to shoulder tote (buy it here).

Sam Pawlak: Cacti, a multi-surface desktop organizer (buy it here).

Anthony Maladra: Trig, a graphic pegboard to hold items (buy it here).

Chloe Muller's laundry bag for Target

The students and PhilaU’s industrial design program will share royalties on sales of the items, which range in price from $9.99 to $19.99. Some are available in multiple colors.

The students, now rising seniors, tackled the design project as part of a fall 2014 design studio co-taught by Lyn Godley, associate professor of industrial design, and Mike Leonard, academic dean of the School of Design and Engineering. Godley, who has known Umbra co-founder and Vice President for Inspiration Paul Rowan professionally for many years, helped advance the project.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our students to have their products manufactured and on the market at a mass retailer the caliber of Target,” Godley said. “This level of visibility and volume is huge for any designer, let alone a student, and will open many doors for them in the future.”

Target and Umbra sought out the student collaborators because, in addition to bringing top design skills to the table, the students know first-hand the challenges of living in dorm rooms and small spaces and the need for innovative solutions.

Nick Friez and his Target design

“Our students did a remarkable job translating consumer needs into great products,” Leonard said. “The Target products in collaboration with Umbra are exceptional and will perform well in the market.”

About 25 industrial design students at PhilaU participated in the project. Rowan and members of the design team at Umbra, a Toronto-based home products design firm, worked with students throughout the fall, offering frequent feedback and advice in person and via videoconferencing.

“Today, schools understand that industry relationships are crucial to professional development,” Rowan said. “The opportunity to work with the Umbra team, to design for their own peer group, was recognized to be a huge benefit to the students. For our part, we’re thrilled to help student designers begin promising careers.”

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Textile Design Alum Featured on Pattern Observer

Deb Spofford, an alum of the Textile Design M.S. program, was a featured designer on Pattern Observer in July.  Please see the below link for an update on Deb and her business.  Congratulations Deb!
http://patternobserver.com/2015/07/14/featured-designer-deb-spofford/
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Textile Design Alum Featured on Pattern Observer

Deb Spofford, an alum of the Textile Design M.S. program, was a featured designer on Pattern Observer in July.  Please see the below link for an update on Deb and her business.  Congratulations Deb!
http://patternobserver.com/2015/07/14/featured-designer-deb-spofford/
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Summer Weaving Workshop Follow-Up

We had a great 6 weeks of weaving during our Summer Weaving Workshop in the Textile Design Studio.  Heather Kelly shared an image of one of her framed pieces.  Congratulations Heather on the beautiful work!
 
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Summer Weaving Workshop Follow-Up

We had a great 6 weeks of weaving during our Summer Weaving Workshop in the Textile Design Studio.  Heather Kelly shared an image of one of her framed pieces.  Congratulations Heather on the beautiful work!
 
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Physician Assistant Studies Students Receive White Coats As N.J. Program Welcomes First Students

PA Class of 2016 receive white coats

During a joyful ceremony last week, physician assistant studies students in the Class of 2016 donned their new white medical coats to mark the start of their clinical rotations. The 49 students were helped into their coats from their Class of 2015 mentors, who will graduate next month.

Meanwhile, the first 22 students in Philadelphia University’s new South Jersey-based PA program started classes this week, as did the entering class of physician assistant studies students on the University’s main campus. PhilaU’s nationally ranked PA program was expanded to New Jersey to help meet the growing demand for health care professionals.

At the July 16 white coat ceremony, family members, friends, faculty and staff celebrated the PA students, who will each complete 10 rotations over the next year in such specialties as emergency medicine, psychiatry, surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, and diagnostic radiology.

“The white coat ceremony marks the day future PAs leave the classroom and go out into practice to hone their skills interacting with patients and preceptors,” said Jesse Coale, director of the M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies program. “They will treat all ages, from infants to geriatrics, and will evaluate and manage patients with the strong ethical integrity and emotional maturity they’ve developed over the last 12 months as part of their didactic education.”

PA students Ken Watson and Emily Reynolds in their white coats.

PA students Ken Watson and Emily Reynolds in their white coats.

Kenneth Watson, president of the PA Class of 2016, said he is excited to put his white coat to use in his first rotation in emergency medicine at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. “This ceremony symbolizes not only my hard work, but my peers’ hard work and their sacrifices,” he said. Watson, who is considering specializing in burn care, said, “My professors have guided me to this point and now it’s time for me to apply what I have learned to real-life situations.”

Emily Reynolds, who started a rotation in primary care at Inspira Health in New Jersey this week, said receiving her white coat marked “an incredible milestone” in her career as a health care professional. Reynolds, who plans to focus on emergency or trauma care in the future, said “every patient gives another opportunity to learn and grow as a provider.”

Meanwhile, this week the inaugural group of 22 students in PhilaU’s new physician assistant studies program based in South Jersey started classes in the two-year graduate program.

The New Jersey PA program mirrors the one on PhilaU’s main campus, a nationally ranked program that offers undergraduates an accelerated master’s degree in five years and graduate students a two-year master’s degree.

Philadelphia University has partnered with Stockton University and Reliance Medical Group to offer the New Jersey program. Stockton this fall will enroll the first freshmen in a new five-year program leading to a bachelor’s degree from Stockton’s School of Health Sciences and an M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from PhilaU.

Graduate classes will be held at Stockton’s Carnegie Center in Atlantic City and students will perform clinical work at Reliance and other sites in the surrounding communities.

“This collaboration provides a great opportunity for students to obtain what Forbes magazine recently cited as the top master’s degree leading to jobs,” says Michael Dryer, executive dean of PhilaU’s College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts. “This program will help address the significant shortage of primary care health practitioners in New Jersey.”

When fully enrolled, PhilaU’s physician assistant studies program in South Jersey will include 40 students, with half of those coming from Stockton’s accelerated undergraduate program and the rest from other colleges and universities.

Physician assistants work under the supervision of licensed doctors and practice medicine alongside other providers. Their responsibilities include taking medical histories; performing physical examinations; ordering or performing lab and diagnostic tests; developing treatment plans and delivering health-related counseling. For more information on PhilaU’s M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies program, click here.

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Coach Magee Named One of 2015 Best Philadelphians: Philadelphia Magazine

PhilaU head men’s basketball Coach Herb Magee, who earned his 1,000th career victory this year, was named one of the 2015 “best Philadelphians” in Philadelphia magazine’s August issue.

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