Carson Kressley Q&A, Campus Tours and Student Insights Highlight Discover Fashion and Textiles Day


Emmy Award-winning fashion celebrity Carson Kressley H’13 described the many benefits of PhilaU to prospective students.

Fashion celebrity Carson Kressley H’13 described the many benefits of PhilaU to prospective students.

Philadelphia University welcomed some 160 prospective students, parents and guests Oct. 25, which included a lively conversation with Emmy Award-winning fashion celebrity Carson Kressley H’13.

Kressley, who serves on the University’s Board of Trustees, described the numerous benefits of PhilaU, including a strong faculty, opportunities for industry collaboration and the many career paths available within the fashion and textiles worlds.

“This is the place that prepares you for your entrance in the industry,” he said.

Discover Fashion and Textiles Day, which also included tours of the new Fashion and Textiles Futures Center and classroom visits, provided prospective students with an in-depth look at PhilaU’s fashion and textile programs and the successful careers on which graduates embark.

Carson Kressley led a panel discussion with three current PhilaU students, who offered insights into the University’s fashion and textile experience.

Carson Kressley led a panel discussion with three current PhilaU students, who offered insights into the University’s fashion and textile experience.

“I was thrilled to have the opportunity to share with prospective families what makes PhilaU students stand out from other candidates in the employers’ eyes,” said Ainsley Maloney, PhilaU’s assistant director of industry relations, who spoke at the session with Kressley. “We have a record number of on-campus interviews happening this semester, and employers constantly rave about how in-depth our students’ knowledge is of the industry and how impressed they are with their real-world, collaborative projects.”

The session with Kressley also included three current PhilaU students, who offered additional insights into the PhilaU fashion and textile experience.

Fashion design student Vivian Cooper ’18 recently won a $5,000 YMA scholarship and has interned at the global firm PVH Corp., which includes the brands Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and IZOD, for the past two summers. She also spent last spring in Rome as part of the University’s study abroad program. Cooper praised the school’s family feel and supportive environment. “The faculty is always in our corner,” she said.

Textile design student Maddalena Sutton ’17 is interning at Lilly Pulitzer and was selected for the competitive study abroad opportunity at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. She noted that PhilaU gives students a well-rounded view of how the industry works, from the technical to design aspects.

Before the session started, prospective fashion design student Damon Mensch met Carson Kressley.

Before the session started, prospective fashion design student Damon Mensch met Carson Kressley.

Fashion merchandising and management student Nicole Braun ’17 also spent last spring in Rome and has interned at Nicole Miller and Burlington Stores, which just offered her a full-time position. “Everything you need for your future is right here,” Braun said.

While prospective student Joseph Cabry knew about the University’s excellent reputation, he said attending the 2016 Fashion Show last spring really got him excited about applying.

“It just clicked,” said Cabry, a student at Delaware Valley Friends School in Paoli. He hopes to study fashion design here.

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Applying to PhilaU

admissions-defaultApplying to PhilaU

Applying to colleges can be an intimidating process – if you let it be. It can also be a perfect time to stop and reflect on how far you have come, where you want to go and if you feel there are adjustments that need to made. Are you doing your best work?

At PhilaU we treat your application as a way to get to know you and to help us to learn what brought you to this moment. What are you proud of? What would you have done differently? Most importantly, what have you learned to make the days ahead better for yourself and others with whom you interact? We aim to welcome students to PhilaU who are eager to better themselves and the world around them.

Take some time to think and then apply to Philadelphia University.

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Walker’s Poster Wins Anfachen Award 2016


Walker's WORK FAMILY LIFE poster exhibited on the streets in Hamburg, Germany.

Professor Walker's studio Gold Collective was invited to submit to the Anfachen Award, an international poster competition under the theme "World of Women":

The theme of this year fomenting Award in Hamburg is "World of Women" and is dedicated to strengthening and supporting women. Women fight for their rights, climb the corporate ladder ... Women achieve a balance between education, entrepreneurship and volunteering. The women's world, a world of contradictions, is to be shown on the posters: Loud and soft. Startling and profound. Striking and provocative.Questions and answers posing print.

Of the 200+  submissions, 25 poster were selected, printed, and exhibited on the streets of Hamburg, Germany. All 25 posters can be viewed here.

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Textile Engineering Student Wins Scholarship From Industrial Fabrics Foundation

Imran Iqbal ’16 is researching wicking rate in nanofabrics.

Imran Iqbal ’16 is researching wicking rate in nanofabrics.

Philadelphia University M.S. in Textile Engineering student Imran Iqbal ’16 won the 2016 Textile Industry Engineering Scholarship for $5,000 from the Industrial Fabrics Foundation.

For his thesis, Iqbal has been working with Reza Masoodi, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, on wicking and absorption in nonwovens composed of nanofibers. The goal is to better understand wicking rate in nanofabrics, and based on this research, explore new industrial and medical applications.

Iqbal, who will graduate in December, was a research assistant at PhilaU, working on projects with Johnson & Johnson, Federal Mogul and Parker Hannifin. Currently, he is a product manager for the institutional apparel department at Encompass Group, a manufacturer of reusable textiles, professional apparel, therapeutic support surfaces and disposable and single-use medical products.

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Visual Explanations for the Science Classroom


The final set of posters designed for the 8th grade physics classroom

Last year Reesha Grosso (GDC Alum) was preparing her 8th grader science classroom at Garnet Valley Middle school and noticed a lack of well designed engaging posters available for her walls.

“Each year students come to me having been exposed to a decade of sharply designed media, and I want my classroom to feel relevant to this new generation.” says Grosso.

After graduating from PhilaU about a decade ago, Grosso has since obtained a Master’s in science education from UPenn positioning her with a unique perspective of the STEAM (science, tech, engineering, art, math) education model with the ability to bridge science and art.

Grosso brought the problem to her old GDC program and it seemed to be the perfect partnership for the newly revived GD elective Issues in Information Design. Finding better ways to communicate and engage science concepts to young audiences is exactly the type of current topic that can be addressed through good information design.

Professor Walker and Grosso collaborated to come up with a format for the project that would actively involve both the Garnet Valley students and the PhilaU students. Focusing on the Physic topics Grosso covered with her students, groups of Garnet Valley students worked together to present the topics to the class.

With five physic topics covered, PhilaU students paired up on a topics to address in a poster that would visually explain the concept. From the presentations, the students were able to learn through the middle schoolers perspective what metaphors and explanations helped them understand these concepts and begin to translate them into posters.


Reesha Grosso visits the class and critiques the accuracy and audience appropriateness of the posters.

The results varied from the simple use of the pendulum to describe Newton’s Laws of Motion to the abstract use of diagram, color, and shape to describe velocity, and speed to pictorial representations such as a teapot to describe how heat travels.

View all the posters here.

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High School DECA Students Learn About Design Thinking at PhilaU

PhilaU faculty presented workshops, and University students served as judges for mock interviews.

PhilaU faculty presented workshops, and University students served as judges for mock interviews.

For the past two Fridays, Philadelphia University hosted educational programs for more than 250 regional high school students interested in business and entrepreneurship.

The students, hailing from high schools in Philadelphia, West Chester, York and Upper Merion, are members of DECA, a program that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management, and which has chapters at high schools and colleges around the globe.

PhilaU faculty presented workshops on interdisciplinary learning, creative design processes, entrepreneurship, business models and systems thinking. In addition, PhilaU students who belonged to DECA in high school served as judges for mock interviews.

The partnership with DECA allows participants to learn about the value of design thinking and helps high schools develop business- and marketing-based curriculums for students, said Justin O’Pella, assistant dean for academic administration, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce.

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Vote for PhilaU Industrial Design Students in Electrolux Ideas Lab Challenge

Out of thousands of entries worldwide, three teams of Philadelphia University industrial design sophomores have moved on to the finals in the Electrolux Ideas Lab Student Design Challenge. They now need your votes to make it to the top 10.

procontainersAs part of this international competition, the teams each created a 30-second video describing an idea to promote healthy eating. The judges narrowed down the pool to the top 50 entries, with only six from the United States.

The three PhilaU finalist teams and their projects are:

  • Adam Hecht, Alex Tholl: Smartop, a smart countertop with touch screen
  • Veronica Reguero-Cadilla, Toviah Botwinik: Cooktainer, a compact, portable cooker and accompanying app
  • Alison Schlicher, Emily Monath: Procontainers, stackable ripeness-detecting food containers

The challenge now opens up to public to help determine the top 10. Click here to vote for PhilaU’s finalists (listed by the first name on each team above). You can pick up to five projects, and voting closes on Nov. 16.

Please note that you must enter your email when prompted and confirm your vote by clicking the link in an email you will then receive.

The winning students will receive a €10,000 prize and travel to Stockholm to present his or her idea to Electrolux and startup leaders. Electrolux is a global leader in home appliances that seeks innovative solutions for households and businesses.

The student projects were developed as part of a course taught by Industrial design faculty members Lyn Godley, associate professor; Mark Havens, assistant professor; and Christina Kazakia, adjunct.

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Churchman Curates Arbitrary Pleasures

Adjunct Professor Laurie Churchman curates and designs Arbitrary Pleasures, an exhibition of artists books by Dan Rose (with collaboration by PhilaU GDC student, Amy Bachhuber, 2018). Dan Rose conjures the controlled wildness of Raymond Roussel, Marcel Duchamp, Harry Mathews, Georges Perec, and the OuLiPo movement with the assured irreverence of an accomplished book artist. Drawing from the tradition of formal constraints—if not always arbitrary pleasures—his artist books flip advertising, anthropology, philosophy, architecture, and gender identity on their heads. Rose's visual narratives of such topics as the underarm, big science, sex, motherhood, large corporations, super-secret government projects, and Arnold Schwarzenegger's image take the viewer-reader on journeys into elegant absurdity. The exhibition is on display from September 29, 2016 to March 10, 2017 at the Kislak Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Churchman Judges HOW Self-Promo

news_faculty_churchmanhowjudgeAdjunct Professor Laurie Churchman judged How Magazine’s most recent Promotion & Marketing Design competition. HOW’s longest-running design competition, the HOW Promotion & Marketing Design Awards, is the only award that specifically recognizes outstanding promotion design work. Whether it’s a self-promo to showcase a design firm’s capabilities, a project that touts a client’s goods, an announcement for a major life event, or a student designer’s résumé or design portfolio it deserves recognition. Churchman encourages all students to enter the competition next year!

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Dining Services Recognized for Local Food Sourcing


The Common Market recognized Dining Services for its commitment to sourcing food from local farms.

Philadelphia University has been recognized for its commitment to sourcing food from local, sustainable farms during the 2015-2016 school year from the Common Market, one of its food vendors. The University purchased 17,753 pounds of local food from them.

Last school year, 25 percent of PhilaU’s total food purchases came from within 150 miles of campus, said Sara Lockard, senior general manager for Dining Services.

“It’s important to source locally, as we’re putting money back into the local economy,” she said. “Plus, using local ingredients allows food to be fresh and seasonal throughout the year.”


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