Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

One of the most popular flavors of the fall is pumpkin. There is pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin pop tarts, pumpkin ice cream and much more. One particular pumpkin snack we should all try is chocolate chip pumpkin muffins. All you need is 45 minutes and with these easy steps, you can make this delicious and healthy snack.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Serves: 5

Photo Courtesy: PaleOMG

Photo Courtesy: PaleOMG

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together wet ingredients in a bowl: pumpkin puree, maple syrup, coconut oil, eggs and vanilla extract
  3. In another bowl, whisk together coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, powdered ginger, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredient and mix well.
  5. Pour chocolate chips in.
  6. Use and ice cream scoop to scoop batter into 5 silicon baking cups.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

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(Isabella Siravo: Blogger)

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Illustrator Ian Wright Uses Torn Paper Collage to Create Unique Portraits

news_program_ianwright2Ian Wright is an English Illustrator and Graphic Designer who has worked with some of the most iconic names in music and fashion—Issey Miyake, Björk, Grandmaster Flash and Pete Townsend. So, what’s he doing working with a group of buttoned-up, suit and tie wearing Philadelphia lawyers? Pond Lehocky Stern and Giordano, a Center City law firm specializing in workmen’s compensation has commissioned Wright to create large-scale portraits of three clients to hang in the central staircase of their new offices in Center City Philadelphia. Continue reading

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Carson Kressley and Jay McCarroll Talk Fashion, Stress Collaboration at Discover Fashion Day

Jay McCarroll (left) and Carson Kressley talk fashion, collaboration and PhilaU at Discover Fashion Day.

Jay McCarroll (left) and Carson Kressley talk fashion, collaboration and PhilaU at Discover Fashion Day.

Some 170 prospective fashion students, parents and guests packed the Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space on Oct. 29 to participate in a conversation with Emmy Award-winning fashion celebrity Carson Kressley and “Project Runway” veteran Jay McCarroll.

Kressley, who serves on the University’s Board of Trustees, talked about the large number of career opportunities within the fashion industry. “There are so many jobs that radiate out of the fashion industry,” said Kressley, including those in textile design, fashion design, merchandising, retail, marketing and fashion journalism.

All of these positions, he said, require skills that are foundational to PhilaU’s collaborative Nexus Learning approach to higher education. “When you are in the real world working with 18 other people, you have to be a team player,” he told the future fashion students.

McCarroll, a PhilaU fashion design alumnus and current fashion design faculty member, echoed the importance of collaborative learning in obtaining a job after graduation. “It’s so exciting for me as a fashion professor to see the fashion design students working with the textile design students,” he said. “That’s Nexus Learning, and it’s working.”

“There are so many opportunities here to take advantage of,” said McCarroll, who won the first season of the fashion design reality show “Project Runway.” Because of this, many PhilaU alumni have gone on to successful careers at major fashion companies, he said, including such local powerhouses as Urban Outfitters and Lilly Pulitzer.

Carson Kressley visits a fashion design studio in Hayward Hall.

Carson Kressley visits a fashion design studio in Hayward Hall.

The day’s events, including campus tours and classroom visits, as well as the talk by McCarroll and Kressley, provided prospective students with an in-depth look at PhilaU’s fashion programs and the successful careers on which graduates embark.

“The overwhelming number of students who registered to participate in the Discover Fashion Day underscores the highly effective way in which we are preparing students at Philadelphia University to enter the field of fashion,” said Christine Greb, dean of enrollment management.

Francesco Vetrano, a Lehigh Carbon Community College student interested in transferring to PhilaU’s fashion design program, was impressed by McCarroll’s comments and said, “It seems like a really great thing to attend a school where I would be able to work closely with textile designers.”

Vetrano, who would like to design his own fashion line in the future, said he decided to apply to PhilaU after learning of the University’s 94 percent job placement rate for graduates.

Elizabeth Scott, a West Chester East High School senior who has applied for admission to the fashion merchandising and management program, said the many industry engagement and internship opportunities PhilaU offers are essential to helping her achieve her goals. “I’m most excited about getting that real-world experience,” she said. “I would like to be a buyer for a local company like QVC, and I like that there are so many employment opportunities near where I live.”

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Jay McCarroll speaks to prospective PhilaU fashion design majors.

Later in the day, visiting students attended sessions on fashion design and fashion merchandising and management, depending on their interest.

Alumna Emily Wooten ’13, an assistant buyer in QVC’s handbag division, spoke to prospective students in the Lawrence N. Field DEC Center Forum. “When you come to PhilaU, you’re not just coming to college, you’re here to prepare for a career,” said Wooten, a fashion merchandising and management major who interned twice at QVC while at PhilaU. “This has been the most exciting year of my life,” she said.

In the Hayward Hall fashion studios, Sheila Connelly, fashion design program director, talked about the many opportunities available to PhilaU students through industry partnerships, which can lead to internships and careers with major fashion firms and retailers such as Target. She also told the prospective students, “There are scholarship opportunities at every level.”

PhilaU’s fashion programs are ranked in the top 50 internationally by Fashionista. Graduates go on to careers at top companies, such as Nannette Lepore, Tommy Hilfiger and Vogue Magazine.
The annual student-produced Fashion Show showcases the best of each year’s creative student designs, attracting an audience of some 2,000 students and their families, faculty members, designers and fashion and apparel industry professionals.

For more information on fashion design, click here.

For more information on fashion merchandising and management, click here.

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PhilaU Faculty Member Wins Top Blackstone LaunchPad Prize: Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Business Journal

PhilaU sustainable design faculty member Gabriel Mandujano, founder and CEO of eco-friendly Wash Cycle Laundry, won the top prize of $25,000 at the Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day pitch event in New York Oct. 28, the Philadelphia Business Journal and Philadelphia Inquirer reported Oct. 29. Mandujano was representing PhilaU’s Blackstone LaunchPad at the national event.

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Sustainable Design Faculty Member Wins Blackstone LaunchPad Pitch Competition

(From left to right) Mike Banks, Wash Cycle Laundry comptroller, Zoe McKinley, PhilaU LaunchPad director, and Gabriel Mandujano, Wash Cycle Laundry founder and CEO, show Mandujano's first-place prize.

(From left to right) Mike Banks, Wash Cycle Laundry comptroller, Zoe McKinley, PhilaU LaunchPad director, and Gabriel Mandujano, Wash Cycle Laundry founder and CEO, show Mandujano’s first-place prize.

Sustainable design faculty member Gabriel Mandujano, founder and CEO of the eco-friendly firm Wash Cycle Laundry, won the first-place prize of $25,000 at the Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day pitch competition in New York on Oct. 28.

“We are extremely honored to have been chosen for this prize and excited about the platform the Blackstone LaunchPad provides as we expand from a local to a national company,” Mandujano said.

Mandujano, representing PhilaU’s Blackstone LaunchPad, was one of 20 LaunchPad entrepreneurs nationwide selected to pitch their businesses to a panel of Blackstone Charitable Foundation executives during the day’s first round of pitching.

After advancing to the final round of seven, Mandujano delivered his presentation to judges including Stephen A. Schwarzman, Blackstone’s chairman, CEO and co-founder.

Mandujano, who teaches a course on sustainable organizations in PhilaU’s graduate program in sustainable design, said he believes he won the judges over with his firm’s commitment to both its business and social values.

“The judges saw a really viable national, scalable business model and saw our social and environment impact,” he said. “The combination of the two was really powerful for them.”

Over the past weeks, Mandujano has been utilizing PhilaU’s LaunchPad coaching resources to prepare for his pitch. Zoe McKinley, PhilaU LaunchPad director, who was at the Demo Day event, worked with Mandujano to refine his pitch and clarify his fundraising strategy.

Wash Cycle Laundry, based in Philadelphia, is an environmentally and socially conscious service that uses bicycle pick-up and delivery as a carbon-free means of transportation and high-efficiency washers and dryers to reduce water and energy use by about 30 percent. Since its start in 2010, the company has expanded to Washington D.C. and Austin, Texas.

Blackstone LaunchPad is a co-curricular, experiential, campus program designed to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career path and provide coaching, venture creation and other support. PhilaU’s Blackstone LaunchPad is supported by a grant from Blackstone Charitable Foundation with regional partners Temple University and the University City Science Center.

To learn more about the Demo Day pitch competition, click here.

Read more in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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The shape-shifting core of Kanbar College

We have all been struck by the success of the undergraduate, innovation-driven core curriculum of the Kanbar College of Design Engineering and Commerce. This transdisciplinary learning experience is a central component of our institutional identity and serves over half of our undergraduates in 16 majors.

All measures have been positive: learning outcomes, general student performance, external awards, and student success with employment and graduate schools. These measures are important, but seeing students use the DEC Core is the ultimate validation of its impact. When I watch our students perform on multi-disciplinary teams I am struck by their collaborative abilities, poise, ambition, capacities to integrate disparate methods of inquiry, and sheer creative energy. Many of us have stood with great pride as multi-disciplinary student teams present remarkable innovations to outside partner organizations.

Yet the DEC Core is also potent due to its adaptability and multi-modal, or shape-shifting, nature. Recently I visited a class of our Municipal Innovation Academy, a partnership with the City of Philadelphia that brings promising government change-agents to campus. It was an inspiring cohort of diverse and accomplished adult innovators. We adapted the DEC Core to teach them about opportunity finding, systems thinking, value creation models, and user-centered research. This course was lauded by its students and so successful that we recently welcomed our second cohort to campus. Based on what I saw during that class there is every reason to believe these students will return to their positions in city government and make major contributions in the coming years. We shifted the shape of the Core again with our Strategic Design MBA program, which is in many ways a very sophisticated adaptation and extension of what our undergraduate DEC students learn. We have also re-sculpted the Core for targeted executive education, K-12, and online environments.

Why can the Core be so readily adapted for disparate audiences? The answer deserves a separate blog post, but one reason might be that the Core only becomes meaningful when students experience its use; in order to generate knowledge it requires them to concretely apply it in the lived world around them. This process frames learning as a process of moving through concentric layers of experience. So students can begin by using the Core to explore what feels familiar and salient to them in the outer layers of their experiences. This starting point is the world that they know: the symbols, things, people, and images that make their daily experiences meaningful, and to varying degrees, commonly understood. Depending on their backgrounds this starting point might be particular contexts in city government, non-profit institutions, businesses, college campuses, or neighborhood environments.

Of course, over time the Core gradually removes this layer of familiarity by asking students to understand these contexts from the points of view of those who live and work in them. This shift in perspective allows students to explore deeper and much more complex layers of connections that surface a community’s salient problems—and reveal the opportunities for innovation.

The Core’s potency, saliency, and flexibility will continue to fuel the boundless creativity of the Philadelphia University community.  We will see it generate new programs, bridge curricula, and form connections with organizations and businesses outside the campus boundaries. The Core will by its nature be used in ways we cannot currently imagine.

 

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PhilaU Coach Herb Magee Aiming for 1,000 Wins: Philly Man Magazine

PhilaU head men’s basketball Coach Herb Magee, who is on target to reach 1,000 career wins in January, was featured in the October issue of Philly Man and Jersey Man magazines. Magee, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2011, will start the season with 985 wins.

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Style Your Own Halloween Costume

Halloween is the best holiday because you get to dress up as something you’re not and be creative! Let’s be real though, no one wants to spend a lot of money on something they’re only going to wear once! There are fun and easy ways to make a cool and unique costume and not spend a penny. A really great method to use is to find pieces of a costume that you can wear normally. Here are some easy Halloween costume ideas that were probably laying around in your closet.

MiniMouse

Minnie Mouse- Black skater skirt- Forever21 $17.80 Polka dot top- Topshop/Ebay $10

PinUp

Pin-up girl red skater skirt- Forever21 $10.99 Black & white crop top- Forever21 $6.99

Biker

Biker chick- Faux leather skater skirt- Forever21 $13.80 Black halter crop top- Forever21 $6.99 Faux leather moto jacket- Forever21 $18

Wednesday

Wednesday from the Adam’s Family- Crochet Peter Pan Collar Dress- Forever21 $17.43

Sailor

Sailor girl- Blue & white striped crop top- Forever21 $11.69 Red high-waisted shorts- Forever21 $13.99

(Kayla Davies: Blogger)

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Top 10 reasons to attend our November Open House

admissions-defaultTop 10 reasons to attend our November Open House

You’re invited! Join us on November 22, 2014 for Philadelphia University’s Open House!
Click here to register!

Our Open House gives you the opportunity to experience PhilaU first-hand! Students and families will meet with various academic departments, chat with professors and department chairs, and speak with current students about their PhilaU experience! This is an excellent time to learn more about your academic major of interest and the value of a Philadelphia University education. You will also tour campus with our student Rambassadors, have lunch in our dining hall, and visit residence hall rooms.

Here are the Top 10 reasons to visit PhilaU during our Open House…

Get your picture taken at the        University Fair!

10. Your application fee will be waived!

9. Get your photo taken at the University Fair and see it posted on PhilaUAdmiss Twitter and Instagram
accounts.

8. Beautiful campus. The fall season at PhilaU means beautiful colored trees and scenery that can’t be beat.

7. Take a selfie with the ram statue.

6. Sample the food in our dining hall (hello food options!!)

5. Tweet your photos of your visit with #PhilaU and you could win PhilaU prizes!

4. See how many people can fit in a residence hall room.

3. Ride a trolley around campus.

2. Hug a Ram(bassador)…one of our tour guides!

1. Attend our University Fair! Want to know about study abroad, internships, financial aid and clubs to get involved with? This is your one-stop shop for information!!

Click here to register as soon as possible. Hope to see you there!

 

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Sustainable Design Faculty Member to Compete in National Blackstone Pitch Event

Gabriel Mandujano began Wash Cycle Laundry in 2010.

Philadelphia University sustainable design faculty member Gabriel Mandujano will represent PhilaU’s Blackstone LaunchPad as one of just 20 finalists nationwide selected to pitch their businesses at the first Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day on Oct. 28 in New York.

Mandujano, founder and CEO of the eco-friendly firm Wash Cycle Laundry, will have 10 minutes to convince a panel of Blackstone leaders that his venture is deserving of some of the $50,000 in prize money from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

Judges at the event will include Stephen A. Schwarzman, Blackstone’s chairman, CEO and co-founder, and other Blackstone executives, who will assess the ventures’ products, business models and scalability potential. The top three presenters will get a share of the business development funding.

“Entrepreneurship is central to Blackstone’s culture, and is the single most effective way to spur economic growth and job creation,” Schwarzman said. “The new and innovative companies participating in the Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day have the potential to impact their local economies, and we look forward to seeing them do so.”

To prepare for his pitch, Mandujano has been utilizing PhilaU’s LaunchPad coaching resources to hone his presentation skills and messages. Through the University City Science Center, the Blackstone LaunchPad Regional Partner, Mandujano had a private coaching session with “pitch doctor” Steve Bowman, a start-up consultant, and was able to rehearse his pitch in front of an audience of investors and others in the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Zoe McKinley, PhilaU LaunchPad director, has been working with Mandujano to refine his pitch and clarify his fundraising strategy. “He already has a functioning company, but he is at a stage where he needs to raise additional outside capital,” she said.

Wash Cycle Laundry, based in Philadelphia, is an environmentally and socially conscious service that uses bicycle pick-up and delivery as a carbon-free means of transportation and high-efficiency washers and dryers to reduce water and energy use by about 30 percent. The firm also gives back to the community by hiring employees through Philadelphia Works and Gearing Up, two local nonprofits that help the unemployed find work.

Wash Cycle Laundry staff members Jake Clark (left) and Elliot Rosario deliver laundry using bike trailers in Philadelphia.

Since its start in 2010, the company has expanded to Washington D.C. and Austin, Texas, and now employs some 45 people at its three locations. “We’ve shown with our first two expansions that we can quickly and cheaply launch into new markets,” said Mandujano, the only LaunchPad finalist from the Northeast. “Now we’re eager to start expanding as quickly as we can.”

At PhilaU, Mandujano teaches a course on sustainable organizations in the master’s program in sustainable design. He said many of his students are eager to transform their ideas into sustainable companies.

“Before, if you wanted to make money you went to a business, and if you wanted to do good you went to a nonprofit, and those were your only choices,” Mandujano said. “Now, there are ways that organizations of all types can get involved in sustainable work. We take a look at those organizations and how they’ve done that.”

PhilaU’s Blackstone LaunchPad is funded by a grant by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and offers support for pursuing business start-ups. The $3 million grant established a partnership between Philadelphia University, Temple University and the University City Science Center to provide students with the skills, knowledge and guidance to transform new ideas into successful business ventures.

Blackstone LaunchPad is a co-curricular, experiential, campus program designed to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career path and develop entrepreneurial skills and mindsets through individualized coaching, idea and venture creation support. Modeled after a program at University of Miami and further developed and expanded by Blackstone Charitable Foundation, the program is currently available to more than 350,000 students at 15 colleges and universities nationwide. Since its establishment at Philadelphia University in February 2014, some 35 ventures have been advised, including Wash Cycle.

To learn more about Wash Cycle Laundry, visit washcyclelaundry.com. Learn more about the PhilaU Blackstone LaunchPad here.

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