Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Named 16th on U.S. News & World Report 2017-2018 Best Hospitals Honor Roll

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals ranked second in the Philadelphia metro area.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals ranked second in the Philadelphia metro area.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Inc. was named 16th on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Hospitals Honor Roll, a distinction awarded to just 20 hospitals in the U.S. chosen for breadth and depth of clinical excellence.

In the regional rankings, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals ranked second in the Philadelphia metro area and third in Pennsylvania. Abington Hospital ranked 11th in the Philadelphia region and 18th in the state.

“To be named as one of the 16 best hospitals in the United States is an honor and recognition that underscores not only the increasing national reputation of Jefferson but the amazing work of our doctors, nurses and dedicated employees,” said Stephen K. Klasko, M.D., president and CEO, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health.

In addition, U.S. News & World Report ranked 11 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital specialties among the nation’s best.

Read more here.

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Sustainable Design Program Director Rob Fleming Wins SustainPHL Award

Rob Fleming receives the Sustainability Mentor Award from Julie Hancher, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Green Philly Blog. (photo/courtesy Dave Rosenblum)

Rob Fleming, director of the M.S. in Sustainable Design program, won Green Philly Blog’s Sustainability Mentor Award at the annual SustainPHL awards Aug. 3. The honor recognizes a person who has broadened the reach of sustainability education to students and throughout the community.

“Working on behalf of the sustainability movement for the last 20 years has been a truly rewarding experience,” he said. “The sustainability community in Philadelphia is really special with lots of great people, so it’s satisfying to be recognized. And at the University, I have the freedom and support to work as a mentor, helping others to contribute their efforts to the cause.”

Fleming, an architect and early leader in sustainable design and education, was named the Salaman Family Chair for Sustainable Design in 2014. He co-founded the 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’s currently co-authoring two new textbooks on sustainable design.

In 2000, Fleming co-founded with Chris Pastore, professor of transdisciplinary studies, the Engineering and Design Institute at the University, an interdisciplinary research center focusing on green materials, sustainable design and community outreach.

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University’s Camp EdVenture Highlights Active Teaching and Learning Techniques

Attendees learned about rethinking course design, the assessment process and how to best implement active learning.

Attendees learned about rethinking course design, the assessment process and how to implement active learning.

Some 50 faculty members attended the inaugural Camp EdVenture Aug. 4, an interactive all-day event that explored course design, active learning and assessment ideas to bring into the classroom.

The program allowed attendees to stretch their imaginations, consider new and engaging techniques, and learn more about the power of technologies that support the learner experience.

Sessions covered topics such as rethinking course design to foster increased engagement and deeper learning, an introduction to the assessment process and how to best implement active learning.

Camp EdVenture was held at the East Falls Campus of Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) and organized by the Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning in East Falls and the Center for Teaching and Learning on the Center City Campus.

“This opportunity highlighted proven teaching and learning techniques vital to new teachers, as well as essential to seasoned educators wanting to further enhance their students’ learning,” said Jeffrey Ashley, director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning. “It was a chance for all to reassess and restock their toolbox of teaching methods.”

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University Introduces New Head Softball Coach

Mike Fegeley comes to Jefferson after spending six years as an assistant softball coach at La Salle University.

Mike Fegeley comes to Jefferson after spending six years as an assistant softball coach at La Salle University.

Assistant Vice President of Athletics Tom Shirley announced the hiring of Mike Fegeley as the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) Softball Head Coach.

“His college coaching experience along with his local softball ties as a high school and travel coach make him an important piece to our program moving forward,” Shirley said.

Fegeley comes to Jefferson after spending six years as an assistant softball coach at La Salle University in Philadelphia. There he assisted in all aspects while serving as the bench coach during games. Fegeley supported the development of his student-athletes both in the classroom and on the field as the Explorers earned conference postseason bids in 2014 and 2015.

Read more about Fegeley here.

In other University athletics news, the volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer teams unveiled their fall schedules.

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Dr. Ku and Jefferson Design Lab Show How Design Can Improve Health: New York Times

Dr. Bon Ku, emergency room doctor and director of the Jefferson Health Design Lab, was featured in an Aug. 3  New York Times article on how design-thinking can foster innovation in health care.

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Surface Imaging Student Exhibition to Be Held Friday, Aug. 4

Student Yi-Chun Liu will showcase Travel Lover, customizable printed vinyl-wrap designs and soft, dye-sublimated-printed design product covers for luggage and bags.

Student Yi-Chun Liu will showcase Travel Lover, customizable printed vinyl-wrap designs and soft, dye-sublimated-printed design product covers for luggage and bags.

The work of eight M.S. in Surface Imaging students will be showcased at the program’s graduate exhibition on Friday, Aug. 4.

The exhibition will include the “latest innovations in large-scale digital printing, imaging technology and applied design from Jefferson’s one-of-a-kind Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging,” said Mark Mattson, technical associate for the program.

For example, Yi-Chun Liu created Travel Lover, customizable printed vinyl-wrap designs and soft, dye-sublimated-printed design product covers for luggage and bags. And Veronica Taylor developed hair.ext: on-demand, customized, digitally printed hair extensions and accessories to disrupt the personal-style industry.

In addition to the surface imaging students’ design, fabrication and print work, an industry partner project showcase by Armstrong Flooring also will be on display.

The exhibition will be held Friday, Aug. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Design Center. Light refreshments will be served.

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Architecture Student Wins Commercial Real Estate Scholarship

Breanna Sheeler intends to establish a practice focusing on adaptive reuse and renovation upon graduation.

Breanna Sheeler intends to establish a practice focusing on adaptive reuse and renovation upon graduation.

Fourth-year architecture student Breanna Sheeler has received a $5,000 Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network Foundation scholarship for women pursuing commercial real estate careers. She was one of only 15 students in the U.S. and Canada to receive the award.

As a research assistant at the University, Sheeler assisted in the development of the new M.S. in Real Estate Development program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), which launches this fall. Sheeler, a construction management minor, has particular interest in sustainable design and intends to establish a practice focusing on adaptive reuse and renovation upon graduation.

“I will renovate to increase efficiency and functionality, and support the economical sustainability of society,” said Sheeler, also a 2016 CREW scholar. “I will seek innovative responses to real-world issues and pursue the essential betterment of my community and world.”

This past fall, Sheeler received the $5,000 Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia Scholarship.

“In addition to being an excellent student, Breanna puts her all into a variety of co- and extracurricular activities and manages to do it with a very positive attitude,” said David Breiner, associate dean of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment. “She’s a great asset to our College.”

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TJU Chancellor Spinelli Talks to Philadelphia Magazine About the Merger, the Value of Higher Ed and Why the PhilaU Name Isn’t Going Away

In a wide-ranging interview with Philadelphia magazine, Thomas Jefferson University Chancellor Stephen Spinelli Jr. talked about why the PhilaU-TJU combination is a merger of equals, his experiences as a young entrepreneur, the need for companies to work with higher education and why the PhilaU name isn’t going away.

Read the full story here.

TJU Chancellor Stephen Spinelli Jr. at the June 29 final merger announcement.

TJU Chancellor Stephen Spinelli Jr. at the June 29 final merger announcement.

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University CIO Describes Benefits of Cloud Technology for Effective Learning: CIOReview

Jeffrey Cepull, CIO and VP for information resources at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)—East Falls Campus, wrote about employing cloud technology for effective learning in CIOReview magazine.

“Cloud computing offers a multitude of advantages for the education industry, perhaps the greatest of which is, access to large-scale solutions that would be otherwise unattainable for many medium and small-sized institutions,” he said.

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Conference Promotes Interdisciplinary Approaches for Dealing with Traumatized Children: The Notebook

The fields of education, medicine, juvenile justice and mental health were represented at the three-day Greater Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference held last week at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)—East Falls Campus, The Notebook reported July 25.

Jeanne Felter, director of the University’s Community and Trauma Counseling Program, said the conference was designed to promote interdisciplinary approaches for dealing with traumatized children.

Read more coverage from the meeting here.

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