Textile Expert Mark Sunderland Says Buying U.S. Goods May Not Impact Jobs: 6ABC

PhilaU textile engineer and strategist Mark Sunderland said buying American-made products may not do much to increase U.S. jobs in the fashion-apparel sector, 6ABC reported April 18 at 11 p.m.

“Whatever jobs that left here in 30 or 40 years ago in the textile/apparel industry could come back America. But they’re going to come back as 5 jobs, 10 jobs because we’re advancing the technology in this area as well, so you won’t have as many blue collar workers working on the same fashion apparel items if they came back to the United States,” Sunderland said, addressing President Trump’s executive order issued that day calling for federal agencies to add protections for certain American-made goods.

Sunderland is the Robert J. Reichlin High-Performance Apparel Chair and director of PhilaU’s global fashion enterprise and textile material technology programs.

View the 6ABC clip below.

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Six More Outstanding Faculty Members Named Academic Chairs

Six more outstanding Philadelphia University faculty members have oeen named academic chairs, a prestigious designation that will provide support to advance research, support innovative projects and program development and enhance student learning on campus:b

* Anusua Datta, associate professor of economics, was named the Robert P. ’76 and Kathleen F. Smith Term Chair for Economics.
* James Doerfler, director of the architecture and architectural studies programs, was named the Cheryl Smith, AIA, Term Chair for Architecture.
* Kimberlee Douglas, director of the landscape architecture program, was named the Anton Germishuizen/Stantec Term Chair for Landscape Architecture.
* Donald Dunham, associate professor of architecture and director of the M.S. in architecture program, was named the Amanda Weko Family Term Chair for Architecture.
* Jeanne Felter, director of the community and trauma counseling program, was named the Zeldin Family Foundation Chair in Community and Trauma Counseling.
* Barbara Hackley, associate professor of midwifery and program director for the doctorate in midwifery, was named the Dorothea Lang Term Chair in Midwifery.

Each of these prestigious chairs will provide a minimum of $5,000 per year over multiple years to support a wide range of faculty activities, including research and instructional innovations.

In all, 20 PhilaU faculty members have been awarded academic chairs since the start of the University’s now-completed record-breaking Power to Innovate capital campaign.

“Term chairs are a powerful tool to support faculty in their pursuits of excellence in scholarship and teaching,” said PhilaU Provost Matt Dane Baker. “We are very proud of these outstanding scholars and deeply grateful to their sponsors.”

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Anusua Datta, the Robert P. ’76 and Kathleen F. Smith Term Chair for Economics

Anusua Datta, the Robert P. ’76 and Kathleen F. Smith Term Chair for Economics

Anusua Datta said it’s an honor to receive the Robert P. ’76 and Kathleen F. Smith Term Chair for Economics and thanks them for their support.

“In my many years at PhilaU, my students have been my greatest inspiration,” she said. “Challenging them with new ideas, working on research projects and helping them navigate through this phase of their life has been most rewarding. The term chair will allow me to work toward enhancing my own research, explore external funding sources and, most importantly, enhance undergraduate research and learning at PhilaU.”

Her educational background, extensive research and peer recognition—both nationally and internationally—is inspiring, said Robert Smith ’76, president/CEO of the IMARK Group and a member of the Kanbar College Advancement Council. “Couple Dr. Datta’s background with our deep-rooted feelings for the University, Kathy and I are honored to be able to support this term chair.”

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James Doerfler, the Cheryl Smith, AIA, Term Chair for Architecture

James Doerfler, the Cheryl Smith, AIA, Term Chair for Architecture (photo/courtesy Jack Carnell)

Calling the term chair a “very special gift,” James Doerfler said he looks forward to using these funds to continue to develop his research into transdisciplinary teamwork and façade design and technology, as well as to create innovative architectural education at PhilaU.

“I met Cheryl Smith soon after I arrived at PhilaU in 2013, and we found many common interests,” he said. “As the chair of the Philadelphia chapter of the Building Enclosure Council, Cheryl connected me with her local network and made things happen more quickly than I could have done on my own. Cheryl has been a great supporter of the architecture program and the College, and I’m very honored and thankful for this additional support.”

Smith also chairs the Advancement Council for the College of Architecture and the Built Environment and said she has experienced firsthand the leadership that Doerfler brings to PhilaU.

“His work is evidenced through global connections and relationships with façade researchers where Jim provides the College with valuable resources and innovative ideas,” said Smith, principal of Cope Linder Architects LLC. “Jim’s teachings not only prepare the students for real-life careers, but his knowledge in building performance and sustainability will embolden the students to create healthier environments for everyone.”

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Kimberlee Douglas, the Anton Germishuizen/Stantec Term Chair for Landscape Architecture

Kimberlee Douglas, the Anton Germishuizen/Stantec Term Chair for Landscape Architecture

Kimberlee Douglas said the funding in part will support the Lab for Urban and Social Innovation (LUSI), the community outreach arm of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment.

“Through the projects in LUSI, I’m interested in researching the effects of nature on children who live in poverty,” said Douglas, noting she’s using some of the funding for a collaborative research project with Thomas Jefferson University’s master of population health students to assess the impact of a small park her students designed.

“We believe in Philadelphia University and its teaching methodologies regarding design and the built environment as a result of firsthand experience with their graduates,” said Anton Germishuizen, senior vice president of buildings for Stantec and a member of the Advancement Council for the College of Architecture and the Built Environment. “Kim Douglas has shown tremendous commitment and passion through her curriculum, doing relevant work engaging our local communities. This work, which also aligns with our organization’s mission and values, has to be encouraged and supported.”

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Donald Dunham, the Amanda Weko Family Term Chair for Architecture

Donald Dunham, the Amanda Weko Family Term Chair for Architecture (photo/courtesy Jack Carnell)

“I’m truly humbled by this honor, to say the least,” Donald Dunham said. “To be awarded the Amanda Weko Family Term Chair for Architecture is an amazing accolade. The term chair will provide me with the means to continue my research in architectural theory and technology—this is essential in design-based pedagogy.”

Weko, principal of AGW Communications and a member of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment Advancement Council, said she’s pleased to support the work of Dunham with the term chair.

“Donald and I have worked closely on the student-produced annual design journal SPACEWORK,” she said. “Now in its fourth year, the book gives students an opportunity to learn about effective communication and discourse in the design professions, an area of focus for my own career. Donald’s patience, encouragement and expert guidance have empowered students to initiate and continue this publication.”

Weko has provided critical guidance as the consulting editor of the publication, Dunham added. “I look forward to our continued collaboration.”

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Jeanne Felter, the Zeldin Family Foundation Chair in Community and Trauma Counseling

Jeanne Felter, the Zeldin Family Foundation Chair in Community and Trauma Counseling

Jeanne Felter said the Zeldin Family Foundation’s generosity will give PhilaU’s community and trauma counseling program “an incredible opportunity” to further a critically important aspect of its mission: to meaningfully engage with and positively impact the Philadelphia community. The funding is currently being used to seed an interprofessional conference aimed at growing the city’s trauma-informed child-serving workforce.

“Unfortunately, almost half of U.S. children have experienced one or more traumatic events, and nearly one-third of youth ages 12-17 have experienced adversity in doses that can contribute to poor physical, social, emotional and educational outcomes across the lifespan,” she said. “Few professionals and paraprofessionals that interface with our city’s children have the knowledge and skills to appropriately address their trauma-related needs. As the only trauma-focused professional graduate program in the region, we’re uniquely qualified to lead this training conference, and we’re grateful to the Zeldin Family Foundation’s support, which propelled us to mobilize and enact our vision.”

Supporting children’s capacity to realize their potential is a primary focus of the Zeldin Family Foundation’s work, said trustee Marty Zeldin ’55, a long-time PhilaU supporter.

“We understand that among the numerous challenges that many children must overcome is healing from and making positive adjustments to trauma,” added Stefanie Zeldin, an officer with the foundation. “We were pleased to create the Zeldin Family Foundation Chair in Community and Trauma Counseling at Philadelphia University. Dr. Jeanne Felter and her colleagues are training professionals throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond not only to recognize and address trauma, but to arm children and families with the tools and knowledge needed to break free from harmful behaviors and create more positive, nurturing environments.”

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Barbara Hackley, the Dorothea Lang Term Chair in Midwifery

Barbara Hackley, the Dorothea Lang Term Chair in Midwifery

Barbara Hackley described it as a high honor to be the recipient of the Dorothea Lang Term Chair, named for one of the founders of midwifery in the United States.

“Our goal at the Midwifery Institute at PhilaU is to continue her mission by establishing the first national doctoral program for midwifery in the nation,” Hackley said. “Our purpose in this program is to grow the profession by developing midwifery leaders in advocacy, education and clinical practice. The Dorothea Lang Term Chair will be used to establish scholarships, support faculty and create a nationally recognized program in midwifery.”

 

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PhilaU Names Howard Ways III Director of M.S. in Real Estate Development Program

Over the past 20 years, Howard Ways III has worked as an architect, planner and real estate developer.

Howard Ways III, an experienced professional and educator, has been named director for Philadelphia University’s new M.S. in Real Estate Development program launching in the fall.

Over the past 20 years, Ways has worked as an architect, planner and real estate developer. He managed over $960 million in mixed-use real estate development and capital improvement projects and taught at Catholic University of America, Morgan State University and most recently Georgetown University.

Ways grew up outside of Philadelphia and attended Temple University as an undergraduate student of architecture.

“Philadelphia provides an ideal balance of historical and contemporary real estate development, urbanity and drivable suburban settlement patterns from which to learn from,” said Ways, who also earned a master’s in city and regional planning from Morgan State and attended Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program.

PhilaU’s M.S. in Real Estate Development program will focus on preparing students to address economic, social and ecological issues when developing commercial, industrial, institutional and residential real estate projects in the 21st century. Faculty members who are industry experts will provide real-world insights to sustainable practices, legal aspects of land-use, city and regional planning, construction science and management. Collaborative projects, case-study analysis, on-site visits and real-world projects will provide experience in the development process, from market analysis and valuation, while enabling students to build a network of professional contacts.

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PhilaU Fashion Students Rock the Red Dress Runway to Support Heart Health

PhilaU fashion students created two dozen stunning red gowns to support women's heart health.

PhilaU fashion students created two dozen stunning red gowns to support women’s heart health.

Philadelphia University fashion design students created two dozen stunning red gowns featured at the American Heart Association’s Rock the Red Runway show April 13 to promote women’s heart health.

Four winning designs selected by a panel of judges will be featured at the AHA’s annual red dress luncheon next month and will be prominently displayed in a Macy’s Center City window after that.

The winning student designers are Alana McHugh, first place; Deanna Wedge, second place; Tricia Franklin, third place; and Alia Sod, who won the People’s Choice award selected by attendees.

An appreciative audience applauded the fashion finale.

An appreciative audience applauded the fashion finale.

The appreciative crowd clapped and cheered as the designs came down the runway. For some 12 years, fashion design juniors have created stunning dresses in all shades of red for the event. Designs this year ranged from stately column gowns to a red and gold gown inspired by Chinese culture.

The red dress has become a symbol of efforts to raise awareness about heart health in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. For more info about the AHA’s Go Red for Women event and heart health for women, click here.

The Rock the Red Runway show was featured on NBC10, WPHL and CBS Philly. View the CBS Philly coverage here.

Fashion designers (from left) Alia Sod, Alana McHugh and Deanna Wedge stand to the right of their designs. Tricia Franklin (dress far right) is studying in Rome this semester.

Fashion designers (from left) Alia Sod, Alana McHugh and Deanna Wedge stand to the right of their designs. Tricia Franklin (dress far right) is studying in Rome this semester.

 

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PhilaU Fashion Students Rock the Red Runway to Support Healthy Hearts: CBS Philly, NBC10

Two dozen stunning red gowns created by Philadelphia University fashion design students were presented on the “Rock the Red” runway Thursday night as part of the American Heart Association’s campaign for women’s heart health, NBC10 and  CBS Philly/KYW Newsradio reported April 13.

The PhilaU fashion program has been collaborating with the Philadelphia AHA for about a dozen years on the annual red dress fashion show, held this year at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The winning designs will be displayed in the window at Macy’s Center City.

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PhilaU Sustainability Forum to Take Place April 11-13

ForumPhiladelphia University will host the sixth annual Sustainability Forum April 11-13, including discussions, a design charrette and activities around the theme of health and wellness in the built environment.

The schedule includes:

Tuesday, April 11, 12-2 p.m.
SEED Center
The forum will kick off with a design charrette to challenge students to design outdoor spaces that can improve health and wellness at PhilaU.

Wednesday, April 12, 5-9 p.m.
Kanbar Performance Space
A panel of experts will discuss innovative solutions, scientific evidence and business strategies to create healthy environments. Speakers include Bon Ku, M.D., associate professor in the department of emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and director of JeffDESIGN; Helena Van Vliet, of Helena Van Vliet Architect LLC; Kara Angotti, a design and sustainability leader; Max Zahniser, owner/CEO, Praxis–Building Solutions; and Natalie Walker, analyst at GreenCircle Certified and adjunct professor in PhilaU’s M.S. in Sustainable Design Program. Students will showcase their work during the event and dinner will be served.

Thursday, April 13, 12-2 p.m.
Kanbar Quad and Kanbar Performance Space
The forum will sponsor a sustainability fair on the Kanbar Quad with booths and activities relating to sustainability. In addition, there will be Beaucycled DIY Succulent Workshop in the Kanbar Performance Space; the $14 tickets (which include one succulent, planter, dirt, rocks and decorative supplies) can be purchased here.

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PhilaU Relay for Life Raises $12,500 for American Cancer Society

Over 200 people participated in the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser.

More than 200 people participated in the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser.

Philadelphia University’s Colleges Against Cancer chapter raised more than $12,500 for the American Cancer Society at the Relay for Life on March 31.

More than 200 PhilaU and Thomas Jefferson University students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members walked laps from 6 p.m. to midnight in the Gallagher Athletic Center to symbolize that the fight against cancer never sleeps.

“I relayed to honor all my loved ones and everyone else who has had to fight this horrible disease and for the hope that one day no one will lose another birthday to cancer,” said sophomore Rebekah Alvey, a PhilaU health-sciences student and Relay for Life co-chair.

Philadelphia University has raised more than $212,000 for the American Cancer Society since 2009.

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