Jefferson Plans a Rollout of Health Centers Worldwide: Philadelphia Business Journal

Thomas Jefferson University is creating global health centers in India, Israel, Italy and Latin America to provide structure to international partnerships that promote the exchange of research ideas, as well as personnel, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported Nov. 30.

“The idea with the global health centers is to think more strategically about our international relationships and bring more structure to them,” Mark L. Tykocinski, MD, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at Jefferson and the Anthony F. and Gertrude M. DePalma Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, told the paper. “We want to establish global centers in countries and regions where Jefferson already has, or has the potential to create, relationships that involve more than one institution. We want to go where we can make an impact.”

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Architecture Professor’s New Book Analyzes the Influential Mies van der Rohe

Architecture professor Edgar Stach spent a year working on “Mies van der Rohe: Space – Material – Detail.”

Edgar Stach spent a year working on “Mies van der Rohe: Space – Material – Detail.”

In his new book, architecture professor Edgar Stach unlocks the relationship between space and construction by analyzing key works from famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s extensive oeuvre, spanning from Europe in the 1920s to the United States in the late 1960s.

The just-released “Mies van der Rohe: Space – Material – Detail” (Birkhäuser) features original drawings and sketches from Mies, 70 color illustrations and 300 mostly three-dimensional drawings produced by Stach and his students at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). This publication is the first in a book series conceptualized by Stach, who also authored the essays and designed the layout. (The second book, “Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Space – Material – Light,” will be out by fall 2018.)

“Philosophy and construction merge in Mies’ work, and he considered his buildings objective translations of philosophical propositions,” Stach explained. “His work is remembered for its timeless integration of place, space, construction and materiality in its purest form. As an architect and educator, I embrace his philosophy of ‘less is more’ and believe in the purity of structure, form and proportion as underlying principles of architectural design.”

What inspired you to create this book, and what, in particular, interested you about Mies’ life?
I studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany. Mies van der Rohe was born in the city of Aachen, and as a student, I was fascinated to be in the same spaces Mies once visited. My favorite building in Aachen is the Cathedral. Mies visited the Aachen Cathedral and the Chapel of Charlemagne almost daily as a singer in the boys’ choir, and like Mies, I was captivated by the way in which stone and mortar were transformed in the structure of the chapel.

Then, my first teaching position was at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, an institution Mies directed in the 1930s as the director of the Bauhaus in Dessau.

I’ve had the chance to visit most of his buildings in Europe and the U.S. For me, the reconstructed Barcelona Pavilion, S.R. Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture and the New National Gallery in Berlin are still exemplary in their reduced aesthetics as buildings that demonstrate his architectural philosophy of “less is more.”

Mies van der Rohes’ Lange House in Krefeld, Germany.

Mies van der Rohe’s Lange House in Krefeld, Germany.

What did you enjoy the most about making this book?
Mies viewed architecture as multiple levels of value, extending from the entirely functional to the realm of pure art. His interpretation of history also fueled his belief that the aim of architecture is to truly represent its epoch and that the architect must search out and express the significance of the time.

It was fascinating and inspiring to unlock his architectural beliefs by analyzing his original drawings and writings. For Mies, flexibility and the ongoing development of tried-and-tested concepts were more important than originality–each new building improved on and perfected his earlier work.

Over 60 years, he continued to explore the same primary themes of space, material and detail. His buildings are timeless and have lost nothing of their singular presence. In chronological order, this book demonstrates the interdependence between construction and expression by making use of a set of construction drawings and diagrams.

What were some of the biggest challenges along the way, and how did you overcome them?
To work with so many archives and different resources was sometimes difficult. This book was supported by original documents and materials from the Museum Haus Lange and Museum Haus Esters, Brno City Museum, Villa Tugendhat, Museum of Modern Art and the Mies van der Rohe Archive in New York, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in Berlin, the Chicago History Museum, the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.

His European projects, especially, aren’t as well-documented, and the original construction drawings are hard to read. We had to use a magnifying glass to decode Mies’ handwriting and pencil drawings. Also, when he came to the U.S., he changed from the metric system in his construction documents to the imperial system, as well as from German to English language.

The book’s production, including the layout, writing the essay, the translation into German and English, photo editing and reprography of photos and original drawings, and final editorial corrections, took about 12 months.

This book was made possible by the contributions of many individuals and institutions, to all of whom I wish to express my sincere gratitude. I’m also grateful for the unwavering support from Jefferson and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, as well as for my students who collaborated on generating the analytical drawings.

“Mies van der Rohe: Space – Material – Detail” is now available in German and English at bookstores and online retailers.

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Fashion Students Hold Pop-Up Shop for Charity: CBS3

Fashion merchandising and management students created handcrafted fashion accessories for the annual Pop-Up Shop, which raises money for the non-profit ChemoClothes, CBS3 reported Nov. 29 at 5 p.m.

The Pop-Up Shop is the culmination of a course for which students study all aspects of setting up a fashion business, including marketing, sourcing, product development and sales.

Watch the video here.

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Fashion Merchandising and Management Students Raise $4,000 for Charity at Pop-Up Shop

Using locally sourced materials, the Urban + Hemlock team showcased three styles of split T-shirts at the shop.

Using locally sourced materials, the Urban + Hemlock team showcased three styles of split T-shirts at the pop-up.

From denim laptop cases to distressed flannel shirts to beanies, handcrafted merchandise made by teams of fashion merchandising and management students flew out of the bustling Kanbar Performance Space at the annual pop-up shop. In the process, they raised $4,000 for the cancer charity ChemoClothes.

Along with making the apparel, accessories and home decor, the 100-plus 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. This year’s theme, “Treasured Nostalgia,” took inspiration from the ’80s and ’90s street culture of Philadelphia.

The Color of Your Dreams team made two different styles of baseball caps, one with the iconic “Love” logo and the other with the Philly skyline.

The Color of Your Dreams team made two different styles of baseball caps.

“This opportunity allows students to witness the value chain of the apparel industry,” said Pielah Kim, assistant professor of fashion merchandising and management at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “They experience the entire process to develop the product and distribute it to customers. The project also reflects Jefferson’s Nexus Learning teaching philosophy of active, collaborative, real-world learning.”

In addition to Kim, other Jefferson fashion merchandising and management faculty involved in the pop-up include program director Nioka Wyatt, visiting lecturer Juliana Guglielmi and assistant professor Benjamin Freeman.

The day’s first sellout came just 38 minutes after opening. Customers quickly bought up all 18 crystal stone necklaces from the team Hope Rush, said freshman Sigourney Young, who called opportunity to own and operate a business educational and informative.

“The response was overwhelmingly positive, and I couldn’t have anticipated we’d have such a quick success,” she said. “I’m also glad we could help contribute to ChemoClothes.”

This year’s theme, “Treasured Nostalgia,” took inspiration from the ’80s and ’90s street culture of Philadelphia.

The theme, “Treasured Nostalgia,” took inspiration from the ’80s and ’90s street culture of Philadelphia.

Freshman Jessica Boyle made two different styles of baseball caps with her team, one with the iconic “Love” logo and the other with the Philly skyline. Through the pop-up shop, she said she learned a host of new skills, including calculating manufacturing costs, and wholesale and retail pricing, as well as using Photoshop.

“Our professors taught us how to successfully design, create, promote and sell our own product to our peers and the public,” she said.

Freshman Emily Miller and her team showcased three styles of split T-shirts at the shop. They used locally sourced materials and even sold a handful of tops before the pop-up started.

“We learned so much about teamwork,” she said, noting the experience strengthened their communication skills and immersed them in the retail world. “This project will help prepare us for our future and all the bright designs we have ahead of us.”

Freshman Kealei Light said she has been passionate about her team’s project—a hat that can be modified into a beanie, neck scarf and headband—since the beginning of the semester, thanks in large part to meeting the founder of ChemoClothes in class.

The team Rebel With a Cause sold embellished jeans.

The team Rebel With a Cause sold embellished jeans.

This year’s event raised $4,000 to benefit the South Jersey nonprofit that helps families affected by cancer. To date, nearly $40,000 has been donated to the organization from the University’s pop-up shops.

“This entire experience has been unimaginable—a group of freshmen created and developed a product from scratch,” Light said. “And we can support those who may be going through unbelievable heartache.”

Watch the CBS3 segment on the event below.

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Jefferson to Host Program on Trauma-Informed Practice in Community-Engaged Art

The daylong event is organized by Jefferson Humanities and Health.

The event is organized by Jefferson Humanities and Health.

This Saturday, arts and health professionals, students and community members will come together to discuss the intersections of trauma-informed practice and community-engaged art.

Representatives from Philadelphia arts organizations will share how they use trauma-informed approaches to promote wellness in various communities, and health professionals will describe trauma theory and how practitioners from different disciplines can collaborate to support resiliency and recovery from trauma through the arts.

The daylong event is organized by Jefferson Humanities and Health as part of the annual Dr. Yoshihisa Asano Humanities and Health Series.

“Having a leading medical institution like Jefferson producing programming that furthers the conversation of the use of the creative arts and community involvement in addressing the symptoms of trauma validates what we know to be true through much research and clinical study,” said Rachel Brandoff, assistant professor of community and trauma counseling and coordinator of the art therapy specialization at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “Trauma-informed and trauma-responsive approaches that draw on creativity help heal community and generational hurts and provide seeds for growth and resiliency.”

Along with Brandoff, presenters include Sandra Bloom, M.D., from Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, and representatives from BuildaBridge, Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Porch Light Program, the Village of Arts and Humanities, and Warrior Writers.

“Thrive: Trauma-Informed Practice in Community-Engaged Art” is Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Alumni Hall on Jefferson’s Center City Campus. The event is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is required.

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Jefferson Fashion Students Win “Good Morning America” Fashion Challenge: ABC

Fashion students Keren Espina and Tommy Heidebrecht were announced the winners of the “Good Morning America” challenge to re-design a wedding dress in a segment that aired nationally Nov. 24.

Watch the “Good Morning America” video here.

The wedding dress challenge, which included student design teams from three schools, was also featured on Yahoo! News.

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Jefferson Students Win ABC “Good Morning America” Fashion Challenge

“Good Morning America” host Lara Spencer announces Jefferson students Keren Espina and Tommy Heidebrecht as the  winning designers.

“Good Morning America” host Lara Spencer announces Jefferson students Keren Espina and Tommy Heidebrecht as the winning designers.

On ABC’s “Good Morning America” Nov. 24, two Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) fashion design students wowed the judges and won the show’s competition to redesign a wedding gown into a totally new fashion-forward look.

Jefferson students Keren Espina and Tommy Heidebrecht first looked stunned and quickly broke out in broad smiles as “Good Morning America” host Lara Spencer announced the winners in front of a cheering crowd just outside the GMA studio in New York’s Times Square.

The students’ winning design was a three-piece ensemble in shades of yellow and blue featuring shorts, bustier top and a jacket with stunning handwork of a large Van Gogh-inspired sunflower on the back.

“We’ve gone to thousands of fashion shows,” said celebrity stylist Joe Zee, one of the judges. “That could be on a runway.”

Keren Espina and Tommy Heidebrecht in the "Good Morning America" studio.

Keren Espina and Tommy Heidebrecht in the “Good Morning America” studio.

“It is incredible to win,” said Heidebrecht, a junior. “It’s great to know that all the hard work paid off, and to have it validated by some important people in the industry is amazing.”

The “Good Morning America” competition kicked off in New York on Aug. 29, when the Jefferson students and teams from Marist College and Montclair State University were presented with the design challenge: take a traditional long, white, beaded wedding gown and turn it into a sensational new outfit.

Through several weeks of sleepless nights and weekend work—and visits by GMA to record their progress on camera—Espina and Heidebrecht deconstructed, designed, dyed, sewed and ironed their way to the top.

Then, on Sept. 14, the students presented their final designs to judges during a runway show at the “Good Morning America” studio, where Espina and Heidebrecht were declared the winners. The students were asked to keep their win under wraps until the segment aired.

The competition was judged by Zee and Anne Fulenwider, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire magazine. Designer Leanne Marshall, a “Project Runway” winner, served as a technical advisor. The designs were judged on creativity, technical skills and sustainability—using as much as possible of the original gown, including beading, lace and trim.

(From left): Editor Anne Fulenwider, Tommy Heidebrecht, model wearing the winning look, stylist Joe Zee and Keren Espina with the winner's trophy.

(from left): Editor Anne Fulenwider, student Tommy Heidebrecht, model Fadiagne, stylist Joe Zee and student Keren Espina with the winner’s trophy.

“I’m beyond excited, as well as grateful, for the opportunity to participate and proud to represent the University and the fashion design program,” said Espina, a senior. She expects the experience of designing the winning outfit and competing on national TV in a high-pressure environment will help open doors as she enters the fashion industry after graduating in May.

“In my fashion design career, I will have to consider the cost of a design, the various customers and the ever-changing trends,” Espina said. “All these aspects were incorporated in the ‘Good Morning America’ challenge.”

The students said they were grateful to the Jefferson fashion design faculty for their support in the competition. “Everyone took an interest,” Heidebrecht said. “We received design feedback and general advice on everything from fabric content to dyeing techniques.”

“I’m so proud of Tommy and Keren,” said Sheila Connelly, director of Jefferson’s fashion design program. “The original wedding dress is unrecognizable with the dyeing, surface detail and embellishments they created during many sleepless nights. Winning this challenge on national television is wonderful recognition for our internationally acclaimed Jefferson fashion design program.”

Watch the segment below.

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Interior Architecture Alumna Investigates Impact of Design on Patients

Sally Dankner ’17 discussed her research at the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference.

Alumna Sally Dankner ’17 discussed her research at the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference in Orlando.

Can art, graphics and finishes provide a soothing effect on hospital patients? M.S. in interior architecture alumna Sally Dankner ’17 thinks fanciful images and colors could provoke imagination, prevent boredom and create a sense of delight.

She shared her research on the impact of interior design on patients in the healthcare environment at the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference earlier this month.

“Healthcare settings can be stressful environments for patients, families and caregivers,” said Dankner, now a healthcare interior designer at EwingCole in Philadelphia. “Growing scientific research shows thoughtfully designed healthcare environments can reduce patient anxiety, create patient satisfaction and improve outcomes.”

As a graduate student, Dankner received a grant from building products company Construction Specialties (CS) to conduct research where she explored positive visual distractions, including art, graphics, finishes and color. She worked under the leadership of Lauren Baumbach, director of the interior design and interior architecture programs at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).

“Our interiors programs at Jefferson emphasize the importance of how the design of interior environments impact the wellness and health of people’s lives,” Baumbach said. “As a student, Sally worked on the designs of a hospital unit and a wellness center and became fascinated with how these environments might be better designed to help people. This grant from Construction Specialties allowed her to do a focused investigation into design strategies that reduce stress in healthcare settings.”

At the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference in Orlando, Dankner attended sessions and spent time at CS’ booth discussing her research with industry experts.

“Collaborating with students from leading design schools in which they can fully explore design impact helps us stay current,” said Amy DeVore, business development manager for interior wall protection at CS. “It also gives us valuable information to share with our design and manufacturing communities, as well as our customers.”

Dankner said the enriching experience reaffirmed her desire to work in the healthcare design field. “I believe the built environment has a strong impact on our health and well-being,” she said.

DesignIntelligence recently ranked the B.S. in interior design program at Jefferson in the top 20 in the country. In addition, the company named Lisa Phillips, assistant professor of interior design, one of the 25 most admired educators for 2017-2018. The prestigious annual ranking is based on surveys of hiring professionals who indicated which schools they think best prepare students for success in interior design.

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16 Rams Named to CACC Soccer All-Academic Teams

Thirteen members of the women's soccer team earned the distinction from CACC.

Thirteen members of the women’s soccer team earned the distinction from CACC.

Thirteen members of the women’s soccer team were named to the 2017 CACC Women’s Soccer All-Academic Team—the most in the conference. In addition, three members of the men’s soccer team were named to the 2017 CACC Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team.

For the women’s team, the honorees include: Emily Discavage, Jada Fields, Morgan Foster, Hanna Glass, Brooke Haden, Amy Heller, Jessica Monteleone, Katie Neveil, Dena Noiseux, Tessa Nykanen, Erin Sullivan, Erin Tinneny and Kayla West. Dermot Hughes, Rashaan Robe and Andrew Sauers earned the distinction on the men’s squad.

To be named to a CACC All-Academic Team, recipients must have participated in a CACC-sponsored championship sport, be at least a sophomore academically and athletically, been a student-athlete at their current school for at least two semesters, and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher through the preceding semester.

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