Stephen Wilcox, Ph.D., Named Interim Director of Strategic Design MBA Program

Stephen Wilcox is a leader in the field of product-design research

Stephen Wilcox is a leader in the field of product-design research.

Stephen Wilcox, Ph.D., founder of the research and user-interface firm Design Science and a leader in the field of product-design research, has been named the interim director of Philadelphia University’s Strategic Design MBA program, effective July 1.

He will work with David Raufer, SDMBA program coordinator, to develop and implement an executive education graduate degree program with a focus on strategy and hybrid thinking.

“The Strategic Design MBA provides business skills, as do other MBA programs, but it also provides a deep understanding of design, which has become a core skill in most businesses,” said Wilcox, who holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Pennsylvania State University, a B.S. in psychology and anthropology from Tulane University and a certificate in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Wilcox has worked in product development for more than 30 years and was one of the first professionals to apply cultural anthropology as an effective product-development and research tool. Wilcox chaired the Human Factors Professional Interest Section of the Industrial Designers’ Society of America for several years and serves on the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Human Factors Engineering Committee. He is also the editor-in-chief of the journal Ergonomics in Design.

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Sustainable Design Program Director Rob Fleming Nominated for SustainPHL Award

Rob Fleming was named PhilaU’s Salaman Family Chair for Sustainable Design in 2014.

Rob Fleming was named PhilaU’s Salaman Family Chair for Sustainable Design in 2014.

Green Philly Blog has nominated Rob Fleming, director of Philadelphia University’s M.S. in Sustainable Design program, for a SustainPHL award in the category of sustainability mentor.

Fleming, an early leader in sustainable design and education, was named PhilaU’s Salaman Family Chair for Sustainable Design in 2014. He co-founded PhilaU’s sustainable design graduate program in 2007 as one of the first such programs in the country

His first book, Design Education for a Sustainable Future, provides the integral frameworks, whole system change methodologies and intrinsic values to assist professors and their students in an authentic and effective pursuit of sustainable design education. He is currently co-authoring two new textbooks on sustainable design for Taylor Francis and Wiley.

In 2000, Fleming co-founded the Engineering and Design Institute at PhilaU, an interdisciplinary research center focusing on green materials, sustainable design and community outreach.

The SustainPHL mentor award recognizes people who broaden the reach of sustainability education to students and within the community. The winners will be announced Aug. 3 at the SustainPHL sustainability awards ceremony.

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Harlem Globetrotter Gives Back with Basketball Camp at PhilaU: Philadelphia Tribune

Former Philadelphia University basketball star Bria Young recently completed her first season with the Harlem Globetrotters. The 5-foot-7 point guard will hold the Bria Young Basketball Camp at PhilaU on July 10, the Philadelphia Tribune reported June 8.

“I’m back home,” she told the newspaper. “I want to focus my attention on giving back to the Philadelphia community. I thought to myself what better way than a basketball camp.”

Read more about the camp here.

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Adobe Design Achievement Awards

The Graphic Design Communication department was well represented in this years Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Congratulations to semi-finalists Gabi Stahley, Myra Lloyd, and Leah Pellegrino.

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PhilaU Student Entrepreneur Launches Successful Coffee Drink Startup: Huffington Post

PhilaU business student-athlete Jordan DeCicco launched an all-natural coffee energy drink startup that’s now one of the top-selling coffees available on Amazon, The Huffington Post reported June 9.

Although he didn’t have any prior experience in the beverage industry, DeCicco said, “I knew what was healthy and what tasted great! I started concocting a few health-conscious products in my dorm room and testing them out on my teammates and myself.”

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PhilaU Alumnus Launches Own Footwear Brand: Philadelphia Inquirer

For decades, Chelsea Shoe Co., co-founded by alumnus Barton Nydish ’65, has manufactured high-end footwear for such companies as Michael Kors, Lilly Pulitzer and American Eagle.

Now the company has launched its own upscale brand of men’s footwear, Cobble & Hyde, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported June 7.

“We saw a void in the market that we just knew we were qualified to fill,” Nydish said.

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Students Create New Generation of Textiles in Liora Manné Industry Project

First place went to Valerie Gibbins M’17, Oluwabusola Duroshola M’17 and Alyssa Yanni ’17 for their entry, “Blush Plush.”

First place went to Valerie Gibbins M’17, Oluwabusola Duroshola M’17 and Alyssa Yanni ’17 for their entry, “Blush Plush.”

A semester-long industry project between Philadelphia University’s textile design program and Liora Manné culminated with an awards presentation at Liora Manne’s New York City showroom in the Decorator & Design Building on May 24 during Spring Market Week.

“We created this project with Philadelphia University that would challenge students to innovate with the Lamontage process—to do something we have not done before,” explained Liora Manné, designer and owner of Liora Manné/Lamontage. “We put 24 graduate and undergraduate textile design, industrial design, textile materials technology and textile engineering students into groups of three. They visited and learned what we do with Lamontage and became inspired. They then took it and created their own unique, new interpretations.”

Manné and her design team met with students at PhilaU throughout the semester, encouraging and tutoring them as they experimented with a variety of mixed media applications and technologies, such as fiber optics, LED lighting and thermoplastic fibers, to create a new generation of textiles using the Lamontage process. Manné created the patented Lamontage process more than 25 years ago, combining the ancient art of felting with modern technology and fibers.

In “Light Up as You Wish," second-place winners Jess Thies ’17, Megan Onuskanych ’17 and Yi Liu M’17 combined a curtain fabric and light source in one material.

In “Light Up as You Wish,” second-place winners Jess Thies ’17, Megan Onuskanych ’17 and Yi Liu M’17 combined a curtain fabric and light source in one material.

Students chose from a range of applications, including interactive functionalities, decorative materials with textures or dimension, materials that are recycled or have acoustical properties and newly developed manufacturing processes. The teams also identified a market need, proposed product pricing, and proved the ability and method of manufacturing.

First place and $500 went to Valerie Gibbins M’17, Oluwabusola Duroshola M’17 and Alyssa Yanni ’17 for their entry, “Blush Plush.” Their team created a lightweight and supple apparel fabric using the Lamontage process of layering polyester fibers and needle felting. Through experimentation with different fibers, they blended polyester with alpaca for a soft tactile surface.

Combining a curtain fabric and light source in one material, second-place winners Jess Thies ’17, Megan Onuskanych ’17 and Yi Liu M’17 sought to create a new market: optical curtains. They earned $400 for their unique product, “Light Up as You Wish.”

Becky Flax M’17, Emily Olsen M’18 and Vanessa Accime M’17 received third place and $300 for their innovative surface featuring woven wire studded with LED lights.

“The students’ passion is inspiring, and their ingenuity makes me excited for this generation of designers,” said Manné, who judged PhilaU’s textile design competition hosted by Sunbrella in 2016.

Lumo Web

Becky Flax M’17, Emily Olsen M’18 and Vanessa Accime M’17 received third place for “Lumo Web.”

Noted artists, designers and architects served as jurors in the Liora Manné project: Annie Block, deputy editor of Interior Design Magazine; James Capozzi, interior designer and founder of Jazzbo; Greg Herringshaw, curator of the wall coverings department at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Wayne Koestenbaum, artist, writer, poet and cultural critic; Charles Peck, president of Trans-Ocean Imports; Patrick Sears, architect and director of the Rubin Museum; Anne Spalter, artist and author; Ken Wampler, founder and director of Alpha Workshops; and architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

“By bringing in judges from within the industry and the world of art and design, we further widen the circle of connections our students can make,” said Marcia Weiss, PhilaU’s director of textile design and Harold Neuman Textile Design Chair. “We couldn’t be more pleased with this competition, and we’re so proud of the talent we’re producing.”

Article and photos/courtesy RugNews.com.

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PhilaU Standout, Harlem Globetrotter Bria Young to Hold Basketball Camp

Bria Young is only the 14th female player in the Globetrotters’ 91-year history and the first out of PhilaU’s program.

Bria Young is only the 14th female player in Globetrotters’ history and the first out of PhilaU’s program.

Philadelphia University basketball standout and a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, Bria “Swish” Young ’15, will hold the Bria Young Basketball Camp on campus next month.

The camp will provide basic basketball instruction to elementary and middle school boys and girls in the Philadelphia region. Along with Young, area college players will work in small group sessions with the campers. Basketball fundamentals will be covered, including dribbling, passing, rebounding and defense, as well as tips to improve overall basketball IQ. In addition, PhilaU women’s basketball coach Tom Shirley will speak to attendees, and there will be exercises that emphasize positive character building.

“We want to encourage our campers to become great student-athletes on and off the court,” Young said. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to create everlasting memories and to have an impact on the basketball development of Philadelphia youth.”

At PhilaU, Young scored 1,067 career points as a three-year starting point guard. Her many accolades include first team all-league, first team all-region, and co-MVP and Defensive Player of the Year of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. Young is only the 14th female player in the Globetrotters’ 91-year history and the first out of PhilaU’s program.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 10 in the Gallagher Athletic Center. For more info, visit here.

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Faculty Honored at American College of Nurse-Midwives Meeting

The midwifery doctorate program will launch at PhilaU this fall.

The midwifery doctorate program will launch this fall.

Two Philadelphia University midwifery faculty members received awards at the 62nd annual meeting of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the largest gathering of midwives in the United States. Assistant professor Kathy Herron earned the Excellence in Teaching Award, and adjunct professor Cheri Van Hoover won Best Review Article of the Year in the premier midwifery publication, Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. 

Also at the meeting, Dana Perlman, program director of PhilaU’s Midwifery Institute, was inducted as an ACNM fellow. This honor is bestowed to midwives whose demonstrated leadership, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship and professional achievement have merited special recognition both within and outside of the midwifery profession.

“I am humbled and grateful,” Herron said. “This means so much to me because students select the recipient. There is no greater reward.”

Herron currently has a practice focusing on pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction in partnership with a pelvic floor physical therapist. She previously founded a full-scope midwife-owned practice, the first in her area to be granted hospital privileges.

“Her expertise and breadth of experience shine through in her supportive yet rigorous online classroom,” Perlman said.

Van Hoover called her award-winning article, “Midwifing the End of Life: Expanding the Scope of Modern Midwifery Practice to Reclaim Palliative Care,” a “peak career experience.”

“It was so fulfilling to weave together the threads of my many passions regarding midwifery—history, health policy, exemplary clinical practice, spirituality and autonomy—to create a novel construct that challenges contemporary notions regarding the appropriate role of the midwife and appropriately positions the profession as a potential leader in innovative models of healthcare delivery across the lifespan,” said Van Hoover, who teaches Introduction to Health Policy at the Midwifery Institute.

The midwifery doctorate program will launch at PhilaU this fall. Read more here.

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PhilaU Graduate Overcomes Hardships to Earn Degree: ABC News, 6ABC

Recent Philadelphia University graduate Christine Holland was profiled in a 2013 special “Nightline” report by ABC reporter Diane Sawyer on Philadelphia’s struggling Strawberry Mansion High School. Holland spoke about her dream of attending PhilaU and the financial challenges she faced.

Four years later, ABC News and Sawyer followed up with a report on Holland’s May 15 graduation from PhilaU with a B.S. in accounting. She received a full scholarship to PhilaU and will start her MBA studies here this fall. The ABC report aired May 31 on World News Tonight with David Muir.

6ABC reported on Holland’s graduation and the ABC News report on June 4; view the 6ABC  video here.

 

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