Are you accepted to PhilaU?

admissions-defaultAre you accepted to PhilaU?

If you have been accepted to PhilaU, let me first of all say, “Congratulations! That’s awesome!”  Your hard work has paid off and you should take time to recognize and celebrate that accomplishment. Like I said, that is awesome.

So, now what?  Now, the fun begins…well, maybe not all fun, but definitely there is some fun to be had from now until move-in day. We have created a private, social network for just accepted students. If you haven’t joined already, I recommend you do that today. You can start to meet future classmates, join online groups with other people in your major or who share your similar interests…and you get to start the groups.  You can keep up-to-date with deadlines, happenings on campus, and upcoming chats/events. You can also meet possible roommates and find answers to questions you have about being a student at PhilaU. Sounds pretty fun, right?

Are you accepted to PhilaU? If so, you should have received an email invite to join the network, so go check that out and register today. If not, send an email to Kathy at and request your invitation.

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PhilaU Sophomore Naomi Stas Pitches No-Hitter: Press of Atlantic City

Sophomore Naomi Stas this week pitched Philadelphia University’s first softball no-hitter in almost seven years, The Press of Atlantic City reported March 14.

Stas allowed one walk and struck out six in PhilaU’s 3-0 win March 12 over the University of Indianapolis. It was PhilaU’s first no-hitter since April 2010.

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Weather Alert for March 14

for Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Due to predicted snowfall and hazardous weather conditions for Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Philadelphia University offices are closed, and day and evening classes at all campuses are cancelled. As a reminder, students in classes impacted by weather-related closings or cancellations should check email and Blackboard for messages from faculty about course expectations during these times.

The City of Philadelphia also has issued a Snow Emergency beginning at 9 p.m. on March 13.  As a result, tonight’s (Monday, March 13) evening classes will end at 9 p.m. and all cars parked on Henry Avenue must be moved.  Please park in the garage between 9 p.m. tonight and 7 a.m. on Wed., March 15.

It is expected that the University will be open and operating on a normal schedule Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  The University will continue to monitor weather conditions. Please check your email and for updates.

Thank you.

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March 15 is our Early FAFSA $1,000 Award Deadline

admissions-defaultMarch 15 is our Early FAFSA $1,000 Award Deadline

Filing the FAFSA typically isn’t something people look forward to, but it’s not as bad as you may imagine. To add a little bit of incentive for completing the process, we are extending our Early FAFSA $1,000 to this Wednesday (March 15, 2017).

Just make sure you list the federal school codes for both Philadelphia University (013549) and Thomas Jefferson University (013549) on your 2017-18 FAFSA form. It will be the easiest $1,000 you’ve ever earned. Go to to complete your FAFSA now.











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Jefferson President Discusses Integration With PhilaU: Healthcare IT News

Thomas Jefferson University President and CEO Stephen Klasko, M.D., discussed the planned integration with Philadelphia University in Healthcare IT News.

“We are merging with one of the top 10 design universities in the country,” Klasko said. “The future is going to be all around design of the patient experience and that’s what these guys do really, really well.”

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PhilaU Receives $25,000 Grant from Scattergood Foundation for Trauma Training Conference

Philadelphia University has received a $25,000 grant from the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation to help fund the inaugural Greater Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference.

“This is a wonderful acknowledgment from Scattergood, a local philanthropic foundation deeply invested in supporting leadership and collaboration that addresses important behavioral health needs in innovative ways,” said Jeanne Felter, director of PhilaU’s Community and Trauma Counseling Program and Zeldin Family Foundation Term Chair. “The conference is a great example of meaningful and innovative collaboration between our Community and Trauma Counseling Program and several other key organizations and institutions in the city that have come together with a shared mission of growing and strengthening Philadelphia’s child-serving workforce.”

ScattergoodBy offering intensive, trauma-sensitive training to people and groups across child-serving sectors, including teachers, clinicians, medical professionals, early childhood providers and child welfare workers, the meeting will have “an incredible opportunity” to impact the care and support for the city’s children and families, she said, noting the grant will go toward hiring a conference coordinator. Felter anticipates approximately 400 regional child-serving providers will attend.

The conference will be presented in association with the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, Lakeside Educational Network, the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education.

“We very much look forward to this event and to continued collaborations within the city that support positive outcomes for our communities,” Felter said.

The Greater Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference: Envisioning Interprofessional Practice to Improve Outcomes for Children will be July 19-21. Stay tuned to for additional information.

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JAZ Tank Challenge Helps Innovators Bring Products to Market

In last year's JAZ Tank Challenge, PhilaU industrial design alumna Renee Kakareka ’16 won $5,000 to further develop oLIVE Devices.

In last year’s JAZ Tank Challenge, PhilaU industrial design alumna Renee Kakareka ’16 won $5,000 to further develop her company oLIVE Devices.

Have a business idea that you want to turn into a tangible product to benefit the medical field? Then enter Thomas Jefferson University’s third annual JAZ Tank Challenge, a competition that fosters entrepreneurship and innovation. Philadelphia University faculty, staff, alumni and students—with either an established company or simply an idea—can enter and win cash and prizes.

The JAZ Tank Challenge features two tracks:

People who have identified a health challenge or idea and seek a team to work with should apply to the Opportunity Track, the JAZ/PhilaU Virtual Incubator. This track will provide teambuilding, prototype development and business model exploration support to advance the concept. If selected as a finalist, innovators must assign ownership rights for their ideas to Jefferson. This is required so Jefferson and others can commit cash and other resources to turn the idea into a product. A team will get a maximum of 15 percent of net revenue if the idea is commercialized.

Those already on a team with a business model can apply for the Business Plan Track. The grand prize includes $10,000 in financial support; legal support for one free provisional or utility patent application; and business and clinical consulting services designed to build the business. In addition to the grand prize winner, up to two other teams will be eligible to win $5,000 in financial support, one free provisional or utility patent application, and consulting services.

Entries must be received by March 24. A panel of judges will be reviewing the submissions and selecting finalists to present 10-minute pitches at Jefferson on April 18.

Last year, PhilaU industrial design alumna Renee Kakareka ’16 won $5,000 to further develop oLIVE Devices, her company that provides “smart” eyewear for the hearing impaired.

For more info about the JAZ Tank Challenge or to enter, visit here.

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PhilaU Design Team Presents at Epson NY Fashion Week Event: Apparel

Philadelphia University students presented a fashion collection using innovative digital printing technology at the Epson Digital Couture show at New York Fashion Week on Feb. 7, Apparel reported March 9.

Read more in PhilaU Today.

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LGBTQ Health App Funded After JAZ Tank Pitch:

At last year’s JAZ Tank Challenge, a health care startup competition co-produced by Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University, Nic Anthony and Catherine Hofmann pitched their app QSPACES to search, rate and review health care providers based on LGBTQ competency, reported March 9. Although they didn’t get funding then, Jefferson Innovation later invested $10,000 in the app.

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Access to Contraception, Defunding Planned Parenthood, and Cultural Feminism

By: Devon Mahallati   Cultural Feminism recognizes the biological and cultural differences between men and women. It argues that women can...
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