Architecture and Design Students’ Work on Display in Italian Embassy

Interior design student Sophia Warne-Rowe’s Versace fashion showroom accentuates circulation and movement through the use of flowing, curving forms.

Student Sophia Warne-Rowe’s “Versace” fashion showroom accentuates circulation and movement through the use of flowing, curving forms. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Philadelphia University architecture, interior design and interior architecture students currently have their work on display in the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., as part of the “Back from Italy” exhibition.

The event showcases designs, models and projects of students from across the country who have studied in Italy and the work of various Italian architects and artists in the United States.

Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Italy, in collaboration with the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy, the exhibition provides an opportunity to evaluate how living for a significant period of time exposed to Italian architecture, art and culture can have a lasting influence on future work.

For example, PhilaU interior design student Erica Lomando designed “Adagio,” a bookstore that emphasizes the ideals of ballet form; architecture student Daniel Bachelder’s adaptive reuse project “The Dugout” in the EUR district of Rome includes a market, incubator space and residential tower; and interior design student Sophia Warne-Rowe’s “Versace” fashion showroom accentuates circulation and movement through the use of flowing, curving forms.

“In the work displayed in the exhibit, we see the outcomes of the experiences of Rome,” said James Doerfler, director of PhilaU’s architecture programs and the Cheryl Smith, AIA, Chair for Architecture. “These student projects are respectful of the past, working with the urban conditions and environmental surroundings of their project sites. We see an energy in these projects that use analytical methods to understand the context and justify the formulation of the project.”

Madeleine Wilcox, PhilaU’s manager of international and domestic study away programs, said it’s inspiring to see how students’ projects, collaborations and experiences with a different culture opened up a world of possibilities.

“The exhibit is a testament to the profound impact of study abroad on the individual and the world around them,” she said.

“Back from Italy” runs until June 2.

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PhilaU iMBA Program Earns ACBSP Accreditation

ACSBP_Approved_cleanupThe Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has awarded Philadelphia University accreditation of its iMBA program.

ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the MBA program offered through the School of Business Administration meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP. Based on the Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence, ACBSP accreditation evaluates aspects of leadership, strategic planning, relationships with stakeholders, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials and educational support to determine whether or not the program offers a rigorous educational experience and demonstrates continuous quality improvement.

“Philadelphia University has shown their commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Chief Accreditation Officer Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Accreditation at ACBSP Conference 2017 in Anaheim, Calif., on June 26. “This accreditation is evidence that PhilaU is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students.”

ACBSP’s mark of distinction reflects global recognition of the quality of PhilaU’s iMBA program, said Philip Russel, dean of graduate studies.

“We are honored and excited to achieve this accreditation,” he said. “It’s a significant milestone and the result of dedication and commitment of our faculty and administration to deliver superior education and support system for our students. ACBSP accreditation assures students that the iMBA program is committed to teaching excellence, scholarship, innovation and continuous improvement and that they will graduate with core competencies and skills required to successfully compete and assume leadership roles in the global marketplace.”

Ronald Kander, executive dean of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, said achieving ACBSP accreditation is a testament to the quality and hard work of the School of Business Administration faculty and staff. “It is a validation of the unique value proposition the iMBA program offers to our graduate business students,” he said.

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Students Honored at 41st Annual Academic Awards Ceremony

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Philadelphia University recognized dozens of talented students at the 41st Annual Academic Awards Ceremony in the Gallagher Athletic Center on May 13.

Exceptional students received awards from the Office of Student Life, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, and the College of Architecture and the Built Environment.

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OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO STUDENT LIFE
Justin Grambor
Penelope Segura

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITY SERVICE
Kathleen Kessler

OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL STUDENT
Louise Sandstroem

SCHOOL OF CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN THE SCHOOL OF CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
Briana Jackson

OUTSTANDING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT AWARD
Amy D’Alessandro

SCPS SPIRIT OF CONTINUING STUDIES AWARD
Stephen Robertson

KANBAR COLLEGE OF DESIGN, ENGINEERING AND COMMERCE

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 

DELTA SIGMA PI AWARD
Michael Louden

OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT BY A SENIOR IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Lorianna Carlucci

PROFESSOR HORACE TOWNSEND STUDENT AWARD
Olivia Brown

AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION AWARD
Parisse Dawkins

PICPA OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD
Danya Haran

BECKER CPA COURSE SCHOLARSHIP
Maura Watts

JERRY GINSBERG AWARD
Natalie Fox

AAFA AWARD
Madeline Bill

SIEMENS PLM SCHOLAR
Lorianna Carlucci

GEORGE FELDENKREIS SCHOLAR
Nicole Braun

JOEL STERNBERG OUTSTANDING FASHION APPAREL MANAGEMENT STUDENT
Naomi Sampat

SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN GRAPHIC DESIGN
Aubrey Kohl

SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
Jasmine Mealy

SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ANIMATION
Maria Soledad Romero

OUTSTANDING STUDENT – FASHION DESIGN
Maria Balestino

OUTSTANDING STUDENT – TEXTILE DESIGN
Jessica Thies

OUTSTANDING STUDENT – ENGINEERING
Claudia Papola

OUTSTANDING STUDENT – TEXTILE MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY
Jessica Newman

PHI PSI AWARD
Jessica Newman

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF TEXTILE CHEMISTS AND COLORISTS AWARD
Alison Ervin

SURFACE DESIGN ASSOCIATION OUTSTANDING TEXTILE DESIGN STUDENT AWARD
Megan Onuskanych

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, HEALTH AND THE LIBERAL ARTS

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN HEALTH SCIENCES
Jennifer N. Smith

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN BIOCHEMISTRY/CHEMISTRY
Victoria Frisbie

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN BIOPSYCHOLOGY/PSYCHOLOGY
John (Colin) Long

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES
Sara Martino

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN PREMEDICAL STUDIES
Joshua Ledner

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN COMMUNICATION
Basima Beyah

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Linda Lin

CUNDELL PREMEDICAL AWARD FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE IN PRECEPTORSHIPS
Mahrukh Choudhary

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN LAW AND SOCIETY
Brianna Reese

PHILADELPHIA SECTION OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD
Emily Lindemuth

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN BIOLOGY
Shane McFoy

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
Lucas Marshall

DIANE A. PFALTZGRAFF AWARD FOR GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
Nicole Miehle
Priya Patel
Bryn Spezialetti

COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN INTERIOR DESIGN
Caitlin Bakofsky

PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY EXCELLENCE IN INTERIOR DESIGN AWARD
Taijsha Bailey

MEYER DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD
Rachel Thode

FACULTY DESIGN AWARD: SUSTAINABILITY IN ARCHITECTURE
Stephanie Dudak
Jason Trutner

FACULTY DESIGN AWARD: INNOVATION IN ARCHITECTURE
Jennifer McElroy

FACULTY DESIGN AWARD: LEADERSHIP IN ARCHITECTURE
Jason Jiang

AIA HENRY ADAMS CERTIFICATE
Jason Jiang

AIA HENRY ADAMS MEDAL
Iryna Gulin

ARCC KING MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN RESEARCH
Abigail Gall

THE HELEN MCGOLDRICK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Athena Kreiger

EXCELLENCE IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Melissa Garcia

OLIN PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE SCHOLARSHIP AND DESIGN
Kathryn Miller

ASLA DESIGN EXCELLENCE (HONOR AWARD)
Kathryn Miller

ASLA DESIGN EXCELLENCE (MERIT AWARD)
Penelope Segura

OLMSTED AWARD IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Kathryn Miller

GENERAL BUILDING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION AWARD IN CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
Daniel Duku

EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCH
Keith Jones

EXCELLENCE IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE AWARD SPONSORED BY MEYER
Sally Dankner

EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AWARD
Patrick Isaac

EXCELLENCE IN CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, GRADUATE LEVEL AWARD
Taryn Gruber

CABE AWARD IN NEXUS VALUES
Maram Moushmoush
Dominique Waldrup
Nikhil Varghese
Dhruvi Ranpura

OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN GEODESIGN
Jazmin Kimble

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Alumni, Ali Doucette, named the 2017 AIGA Philadelphia Fresh Award Winner!

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The Fresh Award celebrates one emerging designer who is creating stellar work and breaking boundaries in our local design community.

Ali Doucette graduated from Philadelphia University in 2013. Currently she is a Designer at J2 Design. Perviously she was worked with Karma, Two Paperdolls, DiSanto Design and Steve DeCusatis Design, all of whom are part of the larger PhilaU family.

"I definitely would not be where I am today without the network PhilaU gave me. Really using the network of professors and alumni was such a treasure and something that I'm so glad I didn't take for granted."

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The Graphic Design Communication program at PhilaU prepares students to enter the ever-changing landscape of the graphic design profession by teaching them to think as design strategists. Ali is the perfect example of this:

"I also felt like PhilaU really gave me the desire to always be inspired. We had a somewhat competitive class, but I had a group of classmates that were just genuinely inspired by work. We encouraged each other, and we're excited for each other. I think that helped me continue that way of thinking in my career—to always be excited and be inspired, that's how you create great work."

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Highest Honors: PhilaU Graphic Design Top Design School in Graphic Design USA Magazine

For the sixth year in a row, the Graphic Design Communication program at Philadelphia University was named a Top Design School by Graphic Design USA Magazine. PhilaU was among only thirty-seven colleges and universities nationwide recognized with this prestigious distinction.

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Thinking about Transferring to PhilaU?

admissions-defaultThinking about Transferring to PhilaU?

We understand that students who are looking to transfer colleges, whether that be from a 2-year or 4-year school, have different questions than students coming to us straight from high school.

We take a very individualized approach to help each of our transfer students get their specific questions answered, so they canWhiteCornersSpring16Small ultimately decide what’s best for them. We start by having a team of transfer counselors who have experience working with students who have begun their academic careers elsewhere. We also offer specific transfer instant decision visits where you can meet with one of our transfer counselors, ask your questions, and find out – on the spot – if you are admissible.

Are you considering transferring? Let us help guide you through the process and see where we can help.

To find out more information and to connect with Jen Reger Murphy or Christina Filomeno, click here.

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Midwifery Institute Director Named an American College of Nurse-Midwives Fellow

Dana Perlman developed the midwifery doctorate program launching at PhilaU this fall.

Dana Perlman developed the midwifery doctorate program launching at PhilaU this fall.

Dana Perlman, program director of Philadelphia University’s Midwifery Institute, was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) at the organization’s annual meeting May 22.

This honor is bestowed to midwives whose demonstrated leadership, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship and professional achievement have merited special recognition both within and outside of the midwifery profession. Since ACNM established the fellowship program in 1994, only 217 people have received this distinction.

“Becoming a fellow is recognition of years of work advocating for midwifery as a distinct and essential component of high-quality healthcare,” Perlman said. “Leading the Midwifery Institute graduate programs at Philadelphia University and graduating midwives for the future is a joy. I look forward to innovative collaborations for women and communities as PhilaU and Thomas Jefferson University plan to integrate.”

Perlman, a founder of the certified midwife pathway at the Midwifery Institute, developed the midwifery doctorate program launching at PhilaU this fall. As vicechair of the ACNM’s Committee for the Advancement of Midwifery Practice, she works to increase the midwifery workforce through improved understanding of certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives.

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PhilaU Industrial Design and Jefferson Students Develop Innovative Concepts to Improve Healthcare

With two Jefferson students, PhilaU industrial design student Jasmine Mealy developed noise-canceling headphones for patients to filter out hospital sounds.

With two Jefferson students, PhilaU industrial design student Jasmine Mealy developed noise-canceling headphones for patients to filter out hospital sounds.

This past semester, Philadelphia University industrial design, Thomas Jefferson University occupational therapy and JeffDESIGN Sidney Kimmel Medical College students took part in the novel Medicine + Industrial Design course—the first course enrolling both PhilaU and Jefferson students. Eleven teams were deployed throughout Jefferson Health to identify ways to improve care using design-thinking principles and next-generation technology.

PhilaU industrial design student Kelly Sullivan and her team aimed to create a new set of standards that would reduce anxiety in patients undergoing “awake” surgery, procedures that allow patients to opt for localized and/or regional anesthesia instead of general anesthesia. Their system incorporated modifications to the operating room environment; better pre-op communication with patients and their families; and new training for surgeons to reduce anxiety in patients undergoing awake surgery and encourage more people to opt for it.

“From this course, I learned about the design research process, managed a project schedule and collaborated with students from other areas of expertise,” Sullivan said. “I also got immersed in the hospital environment, which gave me first-hand insights on design opportunities present in the healthcare field.”

Jeanée Vilja, who just received her M.S. in industrial design, worked with occupational therapy and medical students on the pXp–Patient Transport, a solution that will allow patient transporters in hospitals to review their assignments in real time and locate the nearest equipment to their location. This video they created highlights the struggles transporters face and how this product can improve workflow.

“I have a passion for medical design because the payoff is so rewarding,” she said. “I love the fact that I have the ability to design a product/experience that can make an impact on someone’s life. There’s a sense of purpose when you design for someone’s needs.”

Eleven teams identified ways to improve care using design-thinking principles and next-generation technology.

Eleven teams identified ways to improve care using design-thinking principles and next-gen technology.

Other course projects included noise-canceling headphones for patients to filter out hospital sounds and a treatment chair and companion iPad app that gives cancer patients more control of their environment while receiving treatment.

The overall quality of the concepts impressed Tod Corlett, director of PhilaU’s industrial design programs and William L. Jasper Chair for Industrial Design, who attributed the course’s success to the multidisciplinary teams working together so effectively.

Medicine + Industrial Design was taught by Mikael Avery, PhilaU adjunct industrial design professor, and Rob Pugliese, PharmD, BCPS, clinical assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy and co-director of JeffDESIGN.

Moving forward, the students will continue to refine their concepts and seek partnership opportunities to develop them further, Pugliese said. “Our partnership with Philadelphia University has made it possible for our students to work closely with students in design fields. Through these projects, our students are able to work on interdisciplinary teams that prepare them to tackle the toughest challenges in healthcare today.”

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PhilaU Students Win Big at Virginia Jackson Design Competition

Alumna Louise Sandstroem ’17 won first place in the jacquard design category.

Alumna Louise Sandstroem ’17 won first place in the jacquard design category.

Once again, Philadelphia University design students have taken the top awards in the International Textile Alliance’s Virginia Jackson Design Competition.

In the jacquard design category, B.S. in industrial design alumna Louise Sandstroem ’17 earned first place and $1,000 and M.S. in textile design student Oluwabusola Duroshola received second place and the $500 prize. The judges named M.S. in textile design student Emily Olsen first place in the dobby woven category, earning her $1,000.

The first-place students also will receive an all-expense paid trip to Showtime, the premier home furnishings textile trade show in High Point, N.C., in June. Here, they will network with leading design industry executives and tour the trade-only showrooms.

“The Virginia Jackson Design Competition provides a wonderful opportunity for our design students to showcase their talents on an international stage,” said Marcia Weiss, PhilaU associate professor of textile design. “This real-world design experience–creating home furnishings designs–also provides great exposure for the winning students. They’re incredibly talented, and the Virginia Jackson Design Competition gives them the chance to shine.”

Textile design student Emily Olsen earned first place in the dobby woven category.

Textile design student Emily Olsen earned first place in the dobby woven category.

PhilaU students have consistently won top prizes for at least a decade in the national competition, which recognizes students for their designs for residential upholstery use. Jurors, made up of industry design leaders, analyze the projects based on creative concept, furniture application, color and applicability to other home furnishings.

Other schools that participated this year include Savannah College of Art and Design, North Carolina State University, Michigan State University, University of Georgia and New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.

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Engineering Student Wins $1,500 Society of Women Engineers Scholarship

Engineering senior Shana Kaplan

Engineering senior Shana Kaplan

Philadelphia University engineering senior Shana Kaplan has received the $1,500 Susan Miszkowicz September 11 Memorial Scholarship from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Kaplan is the vice president of the newly formed PhilaU chapter of SWE. In its first year, the chapter held many successful events, she said, including a well-attended career panel with PhilaU engineering alumnae and a bench press competition fundraiser that raised over $700.

She also was recently part of a transdisciplinary team of PhilaU students who won the top prize in a U.S. Department of Defense challenge to redesign protective chemical-biological suits for military troops.

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