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Women’s Volleyball Drops Heartbreaker to New Haven in NCAA Tournament

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-10-57-44-amThe Philadelphia University women’s volleyball team gave the University of New Haven all it could handle in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday evening at Daemen College, but the Rams came up just short in a nail-biting match 3-2 (25-20, 20-25, 27-25, 22-25, 16-14).

The Rams—who made the NCAA Tournament after winning their first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference title—end the season with an overall record of 29-5. The 29 victories are the third most in program history.

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Tune In To Fox29 Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8:15 a.m. for PhilaU Pop-Up Shop News

Philadelphia University fashion merchandising and management students Alyssa Tomaseck and Ashley Dibona will be interviewed about this week’s pop-up shop by Fox29 on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8:15 a.m.

The pop-up shop, which featured a wide array of handcrafted items made by PhilaU students, raised more than $5,400 for the non-profit ChemoClothes.

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Fashion Students Raised $5,450 for Charity at Pop-Up Shop

pop up shopDespite the rainy weather outside, the Kanbar Performance Space buzzed with activity as PhilaU fashion merchandising and management students sold their handcrafted merchandise at the Nov. 30 pop-up shop, raising more than $5,400 for charity.

Within 10 minutes of opening, customers had bought up half of the distressed and hand-painted denim jackets for sale at $30 each, and the rest went pretty quickly. “We thought we would sell a lot, but not this fast,” said freshman Alex Snyder, whose group developed the jackets.

The denim jackets sold out quickly.

The denim jackets sold out quickly.

In addition to making all the merchandise, some 200 students—enrolled in global fashion insight, retail strategy and structure, and visual merchandising courses—organized and styled the pop-up shop, with oversight from faculty members.

The event raised $5,450 to benefit ChemoClothes, a South Jersey nonprofit that helps families affected by cancer. To date, more than $35,000 has been donated to the organization from PhilaU pop-up shops.

“It’s an amazing turnout,” said Nioka Wyatt, fashion merchandising and management program director, as students and faculty browsed the throw pillows, clutches, kimonos, chokers, key chains and more on display. “It shows that hard work pays off, and it’s definitely something to put on their resume.”

Wyatt said the pop-up shop allows students to gain a variety of real-world skills to prepare them for the job market, including collaborating with others, dealing with customers and understanding the supply-chain process.

One group of students used old vinyl records to make chokers.

One group made chokers out of old vinyl records.

“It required a lot of teamwork and gave us experience to work together as a company,” agreed junior Erica Christensen, whose group divvied up a variety of responsibilities, such as marketing, development and production, to create their rock ’n’ roll patchwork sweatshirts.

In addition to Wyatt, other PhilaU fashion merchandising and management faculty involved in the pop-up shop include Pielah Kim, Juliana Guglielmi and Dave Loranger.

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PhilaU Fashion Students Raise Funds for Charity at Pop-Up Shop: NBC10

PhilaU fashion merchandising and management students raised more than $5,400 for charity at the Nov. 30 pop-up shop, NBC10 reported Nov. 30 on the noon and 4 p.m. newscasts. The students developed handcrafted items for sale, including denim jackets, chokers, tops, leggings and kimonos, and also planned and styled the event.

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Schedule your visit to Philadelphia University today!

admissions-defaultSchedule your visit to Philadelphia University today!

Sometimes when you are just looking at colleges through printed books or websites, it’s hard to tell one from the other. To really see what a school is like and if you feel comfortable there, it’s best to visit.

Visiting can help you to get a real sense of the campus and its community.

We offer a number of different ways to explore the PhilaU campus…

Campus Tour & Meeting with an Admissions Counselor (Monday – Friday)

White Corners is home to the Office of Admissions.

Join a small group of other visiting families and take a two-part tour of campus with one of our student Rambassadors. You will tour one half of campus for 45 minutes, meet with an admissions counselor for about 20 minutes, and then tour the second half of campus for approximately 45 minutes. You may also be able to schedule a meeting with a faculty member or athletic coach.

Saturday Information Session

At the Saturday Information Session, Admissions Counselors and current students will provide you with an overview of the admissions and financial aid processes, academic programs, student life, as well as internship and study abroad opportunities. You’ll also take a tour with one of our student Rambassadors which will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
– December 10, 2016
– January 28, 2017
– February 11, 2017
– March 25, 2017
– April 8, 2017

Shadow a current student
Our shadowing program provides students who have been accepted to the University with an opportunity to participate in the PhilaU student experience—attend classes, meet professors, eat meals in the dining hall, and spend time with current students. Shadowing appointments run February through April.

 

Ready to schedule your visit?  You can schedule online by clicking here.  If you need additional information, please contact our Visit Coordinator, Patricia Coleman, at 215.951.2921 or 1.800.951.7287.

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Coach Herb Magee Receives CACC Award of Distinction

Herb Magee, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011, is one of the most decorated coaches in the history of the sport.

Herb Magee is one of the most decorated coaches in the history of the sport. He was honored Thursday, Dec. 1.

Philadelphia University men’s basketball head coach Herb Magee received the inaugural Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Award of Distinction on Thursday, Dec. 1, before the Rams took on conference rival University of the Sciences in the Gallagher Athletic Center.

The CACC created the award to recognize current coaches or administrators who have represented the conference with class and dignity during their distinguished careers.

“Herb Magee is a terrific individual to receive the inaugural CACC Award of Distinction,” said CACC Commissioner Dan Mara. “Not only is he a terrific basketball coach, but he’s an outstanding person who demonstrates great character and sportsmanship that his student-athletes quickly identify with.”

Magee, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011, is one of the most decorated coaches in the history of the sport. Now in his 50th season as head coach, Magee has won 1,037 games—the most in NCAA Division II men’s basketball history and the second-highest total across all three divisions—and the 1970 national championship.

Magee is only the fourth men’s basketball head coach in NCAA history to coach 50 years, and he did it all at his alma mater, where he was one of the highest-scoring players in Rams’ history.

During Magee’s tenure, the Rams have been to the NCAA Tournament 29 times and have earned 33 20-plus-win seasons and 11 25-plus-win seasons—including a school-record 30 victories during the 1992-93 campaign. His coaching has produced 44 1,000-point scorers and three 2,000-point scorers. Since joining the CACC in 2005, the Rams have won four conference championships.

Magee also has been honored for his outstanding character and commitment to the game, most recently when he received the Joe Lapchick Character Award Nov. 18. His many other accomplishments include receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Sports Congress in 2007 and being named a Guardian of the Game by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2005 and a Living Legend by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association in 2012.

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PhilaU Business Student Wins Global Entrepreneur Competition

As a freshman at PhilaU, Jordan DeCicco co-founded Sunniva Caffe, a protein-packed, all-natural, ready-to-drink coffee beverage.

Jordan DeCicco co-founded Sunniva Caffe, a protein-packed, all-natural, ready-to-drink coffee beverage.

Philadelphia University business student Jordan DeCicco ’20 has won the 2016 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) regional competition in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. He will compete in the national competition in Kansas City, Mo., on March 6, 2017.

As a freshman at PhilaU, DeCicco co-founded Sunniva Caffe, a protein-packed, all-natural, ready-to-drink coffee beverage. He was one of four finalists selected to compete this month in the regional competition, during which student entrepreneurs presented their businesses, leadership skills and entrepreneurial practices to a panel of entrepreneurs.

After a futile search for a healthy iced coffee drink to boost his energy before 5 a.m. basketball practices, DeCicco conjured up a ramped-up coffee drink in his PhilaU residence hall room, and soon his teammates were asking for it, too.

DeCicco partnered with his brother Jake, a Georgetown University alumnus, to create Sunniva Caffe and worked with PhilaU’s Blackstone LaunchPad to develop the product and define the company’s vision, which is to provide an easy, healthy and convenient way for consumers to energize and be health-conscious.

“I am so excited to have been selected to compete in the national GSEA competition,” DeCicco said. “I can’t say enough how grateful I am for the opportunity to share my story and the mission behind my company.”

For his win, DeCicco received a $2,000 cash prize plus a trip to the national competition, where a winner will be selected to represent the U.S. in the global finals in Frankfurt, Germany.

Jordan DeCicco worked with PhilaU’s Blackstone LaunchPad to develop the product.

Jordan DeCicco worked with PhilaU’s Blackstone LaunchPad to develop the product.

“Jordan encompasses what GSEA is about, and I know he will continue to go far in his endeavors,” said Michael Goldstein, president of Entrepreneurs’ Organization D.C. and founder/CEO of SwitchPitch.

The GSEA competition is open to undergraduates who also are primarily responsible for the operation of a revenue-generating business. It’s one of the largest and fastest-growing global competitions for student participants, the organization said.

Read more about Jordan DeCicco here.

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Fashion Pop-Up Shop Will Feature Handcrafted Items Nov. 30

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Trendy clutches, denim jackets, throw pillows, chic kimonos, vintage chokers and patch sweatshirts will be on sale.

Do your holiday shopping on campus next Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the annual pop-up shop featuring handcrafted merchandise made by PhilaU fashion merchandising and management students.

The items, including distressed and hand-painted denim jackets, throw pillows, trendy clutches, chic kimonos, vintage chokers and patch sweatshirts, will cost from $15 to $30.

About 200 students organized and styled the pop-up shop.

About 200 PhilaU students organized and styled the pop-up shop. Proceeds will benefit ChemoClothes.

All proceeds from the shop will benefit ChemoClothes, a South Jersey nonprofit that helps families affected by cancer. To date, more than $30,000 has been donated to the charity from previous PhilaU pop-up shops.

In addition to making the merchandise, about 200 students—enrolled in global fashion insight, retail strategy and structure, and visual merchandising courses—organized and styled the pop-up shop, with oversight from faculty members.

The pop-up shop will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kanbar Performance Space.

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Fashion Design Student Named YMA Geoffrey Beene Scholarship Finalist

vivPhiladelphia University fashion design student Vivian Cooper ’17 has been named one of eight national finalists in the prestigious $30,000 Geoffrey Beene scholarship competition, part of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in January.

Cooper was selected to move on in the competition from an original pool of 570 students from leading collegiate fashion and fashion merchandising programs around the country. This year’s finalists include students from the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University and the University of California at Los Angeles.

“I feel honored and blessed to have been chosen as a finalist in this prestigious competition,” Cooper said. “The countless amount of hours, prayers and effort put into my submission have been well worth it, and I’m forever thankful to my amazing professors, friends and family, all of whom helped and supported me from start to finish.”

Cooper was one of nine PhilaU fashion students who won $5,000 in the first phase of the YMA scholarship competition announced in January, and she received another $10,000 for becoming one of the finalists.

At this stage of the competition, the finalists must prepare a detailed case study of their work, which they will present to the Fashion Scholarship Fund executive committee in January. Members include high-level executives, presidents and CEOs of major fashion companies.

The colorful panther chameleon inspired Vivian Cooper's Design X piece.

The colorful panther chameleon inspired Vivian Cooper’s Design X piece.

“Vivian displays such tremendous drive, hard work and determination,” said Sheila Connelly, director of PhilaU’s fashion design program. “We’re extremely proud of her and thrilled that she was selected from such a talented pool.”

Moving forward, 16 PhilaU fashion design and fashion merchandising and management students–the most ever–will compete in next year’s YMA fashion scholarship competition. They include fashion design students Maria Balestino, Emily DeBernardo, Keren Espina, Vanessa Fath, Jenna Johnson, Jessica Roberts, Colton Snavely and Emily VanHorn and fashion merchandising and management students Lauren Vastano, Julia Pilch, Nicole Braun, Zoe Wilson, Carolyn Peper, Alexandra Demones, Madeline Bill and Isabella Siravo. The winners of the $5,000 scholarships will be announced in January 2017.

Most recently, PhilaU fashion design alumna Tia Pion ’15 was a Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship finalist for 2015.

The YMA association, made up of fashion industry leaders, promotes education of the fashion arts and business through scholarships, internships, mentorships and career programs to talented students.

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