PhilaU Celebrates Black History Month

Student_bossesFrom discussions to movie screenings to spoken word, Philadelphia University has a full slate of upcoming programming for Black History Month:

Lets Talk About Race: Racial Reconsideration
Join students, staff and faculty for a time of sharing and in-depth discussion.
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 8-9 p.m., Ravenhill Chapel

Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse Trip
Visit the only comic book store owned by a black woman on the East Coast. More info here.
Thursday, Feb. 16, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse

MoonlightMovie Trip
Take a trip to the Ritz 5 in Center City for the 7:25 screening of the Oscar-nominated “Moonlight.” More info here.
Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:25 p.m., Ritz 5

The Black Student Boss
In this entrepreneurship panel, GeoSwap’s Jordan Gonzales, Vibrating Therapeutic Apparel’s Amira Idris and Boutique Your Closet’s Dyandra Raye Brown and Brittany Arial will discuss how they started their businesses and offer advice to students.
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m., DEC Forum

“20 Feet From StardomMovie Screening
Free dinner and a guided conversation about the intersections of race and gender will follow the movie. More info here.
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7-10 p.m., DEC Forum

Brave Spaces
Black History Month: What haven’t we learned?
Thursday, Feb. 23, 1-2 p.m., Kanbar 319

Spoken Word Event
Sunday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m., Kanbar Performance Space

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Freshman ID Project Featured by Make Magazine

One of the final results from Design 1, the first studio class in the PhilaU undergraduate ID studio sequence, has been featured on the Make Magazine website:

See Woodcut Topography Come to Life with the Turn of a Crank

This DaVincian Machine Project was created by PhilaU ID Freshmen Charles Barilo, Peter Holderith and Zachary Samalonis. Using the principles of DaVincian Thinking, the team conceived, designed, tested, and built this wooden gear-driven topography, a machine-based interpretation of the Thomas Moran painting “Grand Canyon of the Colorado River”. Great work Charles, Peter and Zachary!

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Insight On Display at the ID Sprint Mid-Crit

sprint-8The team from Noria Home was back on campus Friday to participate in the Mid-Project Critique of the 2017 ID Sprint Project. This year, half of the teams are tasked with exploring new solutions in heating while the other half are explsprint-18oring cooling.

A wide array of insightful ideas was on display during the course of the afternoon. All 26 teams presented their research and development to both the client team and ID faculty members. Each team tracked the actionable insights from the feedback and direction provided in order to chart the way forward for the final segment of the project. Final Presentations from all teams will be given at the conclusion of the project this Tuesday.sprint-10

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PhilaU Sorority Raises $2,300 for Charity At Deepher Dude Pageant

Delta Phi Epsilon sorority members raised more than $2,300 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the 10th annual Deepher Dude male pageant Feb. 10 at Philadelphia University.

Animation senior John Simons was crowned 2017 Deepher Dude.

Animation senior John Simons was crowned 2017 Deepher Dude.

On Friday night, nine male students from PhilaU took the stage in Downs Auditorium to compete in the pageant, taking part in such events as swimwear, talent, interview and formalwear competitions. Escorted by Delta Phi Epsilon sisters, the contestants put on an entertaining show and helped raise awareness of and money to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Senior John Simons took this year’s title of Deepher Dude, playing the ukulele and singing for his talent. Simons is an animation major and a member of PhilaU’s frisbee team.

With nearly 200 tickets sold, the show was filled with an enthusiastic audience of students, faculty and other guests. Through ticket sales, donations and fundraising leading up to the event, more than $2,300 was raised for the foundation, one of Delta Phi Epsilon’s three supported philanthropies.

The term “deepher” is a nickname for Delta Phi, and all sorority chapters nationwide host a Deepher Dude competition for charity.

By Samantha Martin ’19, Communication

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PhilaU Design Team Presents at Epson New York Fashion Week Event: Printwear

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, Printwear reported Feb. 10.

The collection features layering of printed textiles, inspired by “nature’s perplexing and changing beauty,” according to PhilaU textile engineer and program director Mark Sunderland.

PhilaU was the only university invited to participate in the event, which featured professional designers from throughout the Americas.

“(The students) bring a deep knowledge of the materials, and they’ve helped us tremendously on the technical side,” said Epson Global President Minoru Usui, explaining the significance and inspiration behind the collaborations.

Read the story here and click through to photos 11 and 12 in the photo gallery for the PhilaU fashion collection.

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PhilaU Industrial Design Student Project Featured in Make: Magazine

Make mag photoAn industrial design student project of a kinetic Da Vincian machine that illustrates the painting “Grand Canyon of the Colorado River” by Thomas Moran was featured Feb. 10 in Make:, a publication providing a global platform for the maker community.

Zachary Samalonis wrote about the Design 1 project, ETM: Exploration Through Motion, he worked on with two other industrial design freshmen, Charles Barilo and Peter Holderith.

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The 2017 Sprint Project Is On!

17_sprint_kickoffThe annual ID Sprint Project is underway in the Hayward Hall Studios. Our partner for the project this year is Noria Home, makers of Noria –a complete re-think of the standard window-mounted air conditioner. The design dramatically cuts the size of the standard window-unit air conditioner while retaining 5,000 BTU of cooling power: enough to cool a 160 square-foot room. There’s also an array of other thoughtful features such as a beautiful and intuitive interface and a smartphone app to control the unit from anywhere.

f3ca4b28a926fb054f9b26b9262ce283_originalThe project, driven in part by PhilaU Graduate ID Program alum Don Pancoe (‘14) generated considerable buzz (over 50 different online features) and has raised more than $2 million via Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Learn more here.

6b8bd8810ae50e3ba091e3bd64986c78_originalJunior-year ID undergrads are managing 26 teams that each contain members from every year of the program including graduate students. This arrangement enables vigorous cross-pollination within the teams. We’re looking forward to a great Sprint!

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Weather Alert for Feb. 9

WEATHER ALERT
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Due to predicted weather conditions this morning, Philadelphia University’s Main and Bucks Campuses will open at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, February 9, 2017.  Students and faculty should report to their class that is normally in session after the free period. All day and evening classes that begin after the free period will be held as normally scheduled. All offices will open at 2 p.m.  The Common Thread will open at 8 a.m., Ted’s will open at 1 p.m., and Ravenhill Dining Hall will open at 7:15 a.m.

 As a reminder, students in classes impacted by weather-related closings or cancellations should check email and Blackboard https://blackboard.philau.edu/webapps/login/ for messages from faculty about course expectations during these times.

 The University is monitoring weather conditions closely.  Please check your email and the University website for any scheduling updates.

 Thank you.

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PhilaU Student Collection Wows the Crowd at Epson New York Fashion Week Event

The students’ collection explores layering of printed textiles inspired by nature’s perplexing and changing beauty.

The students’ collection explores layering of printed textiles inspired by nature’s perplexing and changing beauty.

Hundreds of fashionistas, technology and fashion industry leaders, reporters and guests attended the opening New York Fashion Week event featuring the work of Philadelphia University students. At the Epson Digital Couture Project, held Feb. 7 in the IAC building, the PhilaU team presented the only student collection at the influential industry event.

Their collection of skirts, dresses, short pants and jackets featured vibrant shades of blue and mauve in the digitally printed fabrics. Even digitally printed matching socks were included in the four complete head-to-toe looks.

The PhilaU team presented the only student collection at the influential industry event.

The PhilaU team presented the only student collection at the event.

PhilaU’s two lead senior fashion design students, Maria Balestino and Huyen Doan, designed and developed the pieces over six months, collaborating with seven M.S. surface imaging students–Natasa Kovacevic, Veronica Christiansen, Saeideh Gilani, Shweta Pant, Yi Chun Liu, Xiujia Wang and Taylor Weckerly–on custom digital prints.

The PhilaU students joined 12 other professional design teams from North and Latin America to leverage Epson’s textile printing solutions in the unique fashion presentation, using textiles created with dye-sublimation and direct-to-fabric printing technology.

The ground floor of the IAC building in Chelsea was packed with people invited to the New York Fashion Week’s kickoff event. Models were perched on platforms throughout the venue as a high-energy crowd mingled throughout, taking photos, zooming in for closer looks at the handiwork and generally oohing and aahing over the stunning designs.

The PhilaU “Second Skin” collection explores layering of printed textiles inspired by nature’s perplexing and changing beauty, Balestino said. Hand-painted abstract florals paired with photo-manipulated prints craft a surreal story of vivid colors and distinct textures. Beneath the surface of each print lies a story of advanced textile innovation and performance fabrics, which forges emerging complexities in a disruptive collection with imaginative silhouettes.

The PhilaU team of (l-r) Natasa Kovacevic, Xiujia Wang, Taylor Weckerly, Veronica Christiansen, Huyen Doan, Maria Balestino, Saeideh Gilani and Yi Chun Liu presented their work to hundreds of fashionistas, technology and fashion industry leaders, reporters and guests.

The PhilaU team of (l-r) Natasa Kovacevic, Xiujia Wang, Taylor Weckerly, Veronica Christiansen, Huyen Doan, Maria Balestino, Saeideh Gilani and Yi Chun Liu presented their work to hundreds of fashionistas, technology and fashion industry leaders and guests.

Earlier that day, PhilaU textile expert Mark Sunderland participated in a fashion and technology forum, sharing his thoughts on the future of the industry.

“In an integrated and circular supply chain, with PhilaU’s expertise in performance materials and textiles and Epson’s global presence in digital textile printing, the industry is going to sense a seismic shift,” said Sunderland, director of PhilaU’s global fashion enterprise and textile materials technology programs and the Robert J. Reichlin High-Performance Apparel Chair.

“From this event at New York Fashion Week, Epson should be excited and motivated about pushing advanced textile platforms that will enhance digital textile printing,” he noted. “They’re igniting untapped markets, leading to exciting collaborations and opportunities across textiles and fashion. It’s a great time to be a part of it.”

Read more about the students’ work here, and click below to see additional photos from the event.

New York Fashion Week Epson Event

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PhilaU Innovation MBA Students to Compete in Area Finals of CFA Institute Research Challenge

Innovation MBA students (l-r) Krupa Patel, Vishnu Kapadia, Zachary Ssebatindira and Oluwaseun Oyekanmi will present their investment research reports on Axalta Coating Systems.

Students (l-r) Krupa Patel, Vishnu Kapadia, Zachary Ssebatindira and Oluwaseun Oyekanmi will present their investment research on Axalta.

For the first time, a team of Philadelphia University Innovation MBA students will compete in the finals of the Philadelphia-area CFA Institute Research Challenge. On Feb. 15 at the Union League in Center City, Vishnu Kapadia, Oluwaseun Oyekanmi, Krupa Patel and Zachary Ssebatindira will present their investment research reports on Axalta Coating Systems to a panel of industry experts.

“Making it to the presentation round is a confirmation of the quality of the PhilaU finance program and the high caliber of its students,” said Peter Maher, assistant professor of finance who serves as an adviser to the team. “It also gives the students an added dimension of professional-level experience, focusing on communication and presentation skills which complement the technical aspect of the written report section.”

Beating teams from Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Ursinus College and West Chester University, the PhilaU team advanced to this round by submitting written reports on Axalta, a global provider of liquid and powder coatings, Maher said. PhilaU now will face off against teams from Elizabethtown College, Villanova University and University of Delaware in the finals.

“The morale of the team is at an all-time high,” Oyekanmi said. “We’re incredibly hopeful and confident. We have the momentum and the drive, and we’re certainly going to give it our all.”

The goal of the CFA Institute Research Challenge is to teach best and ethical practices in equity research through a real-world experience to the next generation of investment professionals, according to the organizers. In addition, the students will be able to discuss career opportunities with representatives from Vanguard, PNC and other investment firms in attendance.

The winner of the Philadelphia-area final will move on to the CFA Institute Research Challenge Americas regional final in April in Seattle, and the regional champion will advance to the global final in Prague later in the month.

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