PhilaU Graduates Achieve 95 Percent Job Placement, Grad School Acceptance

PhilaU graduates enter the workforce with the skills demanded by 21st-century employers–innovation and leadership.

An impressive 95 percent of the class of 2014 are working in their disciplines or have been accepted to graduate school, according to the latest survey of graduates by Philadelphia University’s Marianne Able Career Services Center.

The latest survey results reflect the consistent success of PhilaU graduates, who have achieved an average job placement and graduate school acceptance rate of 95 percent since 2012. For the class of 2014, 78 percent of students reported employment and 17 percent were accepted to graduate school.

The accomplishments of PhilaU alumni underscore the importance of the University’s signature Nexus Learning approach to higher education. Through an active, collaborative, real-world education infused with the liberal arts, PhilaU prepares students with 21st-century skills valued by employers.

PhilaU students also benefit from the University’s commitment to industry-sponsored projects. Industry leaders, including Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Newell Rubbermaid, Verizon and Federal Mogul have sponsored PhilaU projects that have led to new insights, ideas and commercial product opportunities.

In October, PhilaU’s Nexus Innovation program of industry partnerships won the University Economic Development Association award for excellence in innovation and entrepreneurship.

The employment and graduate school rate for PhilaU graduates historically has been more than 90 percent and is consistent across the University’s three colleges: the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, and the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts.

The Marianne Able Career Services Center at PhilaU is a recipient of the Innovation Excellence Award for Student Engagement at a Small College by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. It offers a wide range of services for students and employers, including annual career events such as Design Expo and the Career and Internship Fair.

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Five Trends to Try for Spring

By: Hayley Lind, Associate Web Editor

As it starts to get slightly warm outside, you probably find yourself daydreaming of pretty, spring outfits. While many of you will inevitably be breaking out your pastel, lace and floral pieces, there are a few new trends to try out this year.

1. Bold gingham. Popularized on Dorothy’s dress in the Wizard of Oz, this prim and proper print has been given an edgy makeover this season. Think enlarged prints on crop tops, pencil skirts and sexy wrap dresses.

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2. Fabulous fringe. Right in line with all of the 70’s boho glamour that has made a comeback, fringe is as omnipresent as ever right now. You will see fringe on pretty tops, hippie vests, suede purses and even maxi skirts. Any fringed piece will transition your wardrobe effortlessly from day to night.

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3. Soft suede. If fringe is too bold for you, try a modern suede piece. This thick, durable fabric once saved for winter is translated onto sleek mini dresses, cool tanks, and loose pants. Still can’t picture this unexpected evolution? Look to the catwalks of Saint Laurent and Chloe for inspiration.

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4. Creative cutouts. Previously, cutouts have made their round on body-con dresses and edgy crop tops, but this season they are being given a delicate spin. Think bras with dainty layered straps and dresses with unique cutouts in soft, feminine shapes.

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5. Sporty-chic pieces. You don’t have to be an athlete to rock this trend. Choose from an assortment of minimalist black and white pieces, complete with piping, mesh panels and color blocking. You will reach ultimate cool-girl status, a la Alexander Wang.

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Fashion Alumna Amanda Stearns Named 2015 Macy’s Fashion Incubator Designer

New Macy’s Philadelphia Fashion Incubator designer-in-residence Amanda Stearns (left) shows a sweater from her knitwear collection.

Philadelphia University fashion design alumna Amanda Stearns ’14 has joined the Macy’s Philadelphia Fashion Incubator class of 2015 as a designer-in-residence.

“I am overjoyed and honored to be accepted into the Macy’s Incubator program,” Stearns said. “This opportunity will expand my financial knowledge and business acumen.”

Over the next year, Stearns will develop her self-named line of men’s knit sweaters, Stearns. She said her nature-inspired pieces add a touch of elegance and luxury that elevate comfortable clothing to a new level of sophistication.

“The Stearns line will appeal to consumers looking for environmentally friendly clothing,” she said. “The natural fibers used in the construction of the garments are eco-friendly, and Stearns will be adding a line of vegan knitwear in the near future.”

“Amanda’s beautiful hand-knit sweaters were a tremendous standout at last year’s Fashion Show,” said Sheila Connelly, PhilaU’s fashion design program director. “She is uniquely talented and focused on starting her own company. As a designer-in-residence she will learn critical skill sets that will help move her that much closer to launching her own brand.”

Stearns joins the fourth class of designers in the Macy’s Fashion Incubator, a one-year program that supports the growth of Philadelphia fashion businesses with workspace, a curriculum, mentoring and other resources. Graduates from PhilaU’s fashion design program have participated in each class of designers.

Ed Goldberg ’65, senior vice president of external affairs for Macy’s, welcomed the new designers-in-residence at a Feb. 26 event at Macy’s Center City. The Incubator program is sponsored by Macy’s in collaboration with fashion design programs at Philadelphia University, Drexel University and Moore College of Art and Design.

“The Fashion Incubator has turned out to be much greater than we even thought,” Goldberg said. “I know some of our graduates will be in the spotlight in the future.”

Jovan O'Connor (middle) graduates from the  Macy's Philadelphia Fashion Incubator program.

Jovan O’Connor (middle) graduates from the Macy’s Philadelphia Fashion Incubator program.

At the Macy’s event, the outgoing class of Incubator fashion designers, including PhilaU alumna Jovan O’Connor ’06, was also recognized.

O’Connor said her year in the Fashion Incubator was an amazing experience. “I’ve learned so much while I’ve been here about running a business,” she said. “I went from being a designer who made one dress for one person at a time to a fully sustainable fashion brand and company with wholesale accounts.”

During her residency, O’Connor further developed her self-named firm, Jovan O’Connor, which she describes as a chic clothing line for young, professional women with busy lifestyles. Recently, she garnered attention for designing an elegant red gown that “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey wore on the Go Red runway at New York Fashion Week. Read more.

O’Connor said she currently is working to produce her fall 2015 line. Her apparel is sold at several local boutiques including Joan Shepp in Center City.

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PhilaU SBA Dean Lehrman Named Rowan Business Dean: Philadelphia Business Journal

Sue Lehrman,dean of the School of Business Administration, has been named dean of Rowan University’s William G. Rohrer College of Business, effective July 1, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported March 26. Philip Russel, associate dean of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, will serve as interim dean as PhilaU undertakes a national search for a new dean.

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Spring Trend Has Roots in Fashion History, Martin Tells The Philadelphia Inquirer

One of spring’s hottest looks — matching crop tops and pencil skirts — harkens back to the Renaissance era and the 1960s mod look, fashion faculty member Marcella Milio Martin said in a March 25 Philadelphia Inquirer story.  “There is something very familiar with this look,” said Martin, who teaches history of costume and textiles. “Fashion is supposed to make us feel good. And this look is feminine and fun.”

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PhilaU Faculty and Alumna Nominated for Rad Awards

Natalie Nixon, PhilaU’s Strategic Design MBA program director, and Morgan Berman ’14, an M.S. in Sustainable Design graduate, have been nominated for first-ever Rad Awards honoring their contributions, respectively, to teaching and business. will honor Nixon, Berman and other inspirational women in the fields of technology, media, culture and business at the inaugural Rad Awards celebration at The Dreaming Building at 618 N. Front Street on April 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. To attend the event, click here.

Nixon has been nominated for the educator of the year award for serving as a thought leader and inspiration to the community. Learn more.

Berman has been nominated for the product of the year award for creating MilkCrate, a mobile app connecting users with sustainable local businesses. Learn more.

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PhilaU Faculty Member and Alumna Nominated For Rad Awards:

Strategic Design MBA Director Natalie Nixon and M.S. in Sustainable Design graduate Morgan Berman, founder of sustainable mobile app MilkCrate, have been nominated for the first Rad awards celebrating inspirational women in education, technology, media, culture and business, reported March 26.

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EPA Names PhilaU to Green Power Leadership Club

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named Philadelphia University a member of the 2015 Green Power Leadership Club.

“By meeting the Leadership Club’s green power use requirements, Philadelphia University has joined an elite group of Green Power Partners who are demonstrating exemplary environmental leadership,” said Anthony Amato, EPA green power partnership account manager.

PhilaU was recognized for its practice of purchasing green power to run University operations.

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