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Aaron Draplin’s Pretty Much Everything workshop and lecture


On the Spring leg on his book tour, Aaron Draplin is stopping by Philadelphia University for an intimate workshop and full presentation. The lecture is free for all Phila U students, please RSVP here.

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Cheer on the Rams During Alumni Basketball Day

basketballOn Saturday, Feb. 11, join fellow PhilaU alumni for an afternoon of seeing old friends, watching former classmates as they take the court and cheering on the Rams as they play Caldwell University. Senior athletes from the women’s and men’s basketball teams and cheerleading squad also will celebrate Senior Day. In addition, cap off the day by attending a happy hour to help raise funds for the Thomas R. Shirley Sr. Scholarship.

PhilaU continues to commemorate Herb Magee’s 50th anniversary as head coach of the men’s basketball team. Check out his recent interview on Fox29’s Good Day Philadelphia as he reflects on his Hall-of-Fame career.

See the full alumni basketball day schedule here.

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PSU Coach, Former Ram Pat Chambers On Legacy of Famed Palestra: USA Today

Penn State University men’s basketball coach and former PhilaU Ram Pat Chambers was one of many basketball-obsessed kids who grew up in Philadelphia watching games at the Palestra, college basketball’s cathedral, USA Today reported Feb. 6 in a story on the 90th anniversary of the University of Pennsylvania’s famed gymnasium.

Chambers, “who grew up to play for legendary Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee,” scheduled a recent home game against Michigan State at the Palestra to give his team an opportunity to play at the lauded venue.

The USA Today story was picked up in more than 80 media outlets, including the Detroit Free Press, Arizona Republic, Cincinnati Enquirer, The Tennessean, The Indy Star and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Christy Brady ’94 Named City’s First Female Deputy Controller: Philadelphia Daily News

PhilaU alumna Christy (Meehan) Brady has been named Philadelphia’s first female deputy city controller, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Feb. 2.  Brady joined the Controller’s Office shortly after graduating in 1994 with a B.S. in accounting. She heads a unit that oversees compliance audits of 42 agencies and the Philadelphia School District.

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PhilaU Team to Present Collection at New York Fashion Week as Part of Epson Project

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The Philadelphia University team will be the only student collection presenting at the Epson Digital Couture Project, which kicks off New York Fashion Week.

A transdisciplinary team of Philadelphia University students will have their work on display at the Epson Digital Couture Project, which kicks off the world-renowned Fashion Week in New York City. The PhilaU team will be only one of four design groups from the United States–and the only student collection–presenting at the Feb. 7 industry event.

“It’s really an honor on a global scale,” said Mark Sunderland, director of PhilaU’s M.S. in global fashion enterprise and B.S. in textile material technology programs and the Robert J. Reichlin High-Performance Apparel Chair.

Using the theme “Textile Stories,” 13 design teams from North and Latin America will leverage Epson’s textile printing solutions in a unique fashion presentation. Each designer will tell a story through their collection via textiles created with dye-sublimation and direct-to-fabric printing technology.

“In the high-fashion business, nothing stands still,” said Keith Kratzberg, president and CEO of Epson America. “The designer’s vision is constantly advancing, ultimately creating and driving fashion trends that change how we look and feel. Our goal with the Digital Couture event is to spotlight the power and potential that digital printing technology plays in the apparel industry.”

The team's “Second Skin” collection explores layering of printed textiles inspired by nature’s perplexing and changing beauty.

The team’s “Second Skin” collection explores layering of printed textiles inspired by nature’s beauty.

Two lead senior fashion design students, Maria Balestino and Huyen Doan, designed and developed the final head-to-toe looks over six months after seven M.S. surface imaging students–Natasa Kovacevic, Veronica Christiansen, Saeideh Gilani, Shweta Pant, Yi Chun Liu, Xiujia Wang and Taylor Weckerly–created six custom prints.

“Like any large-scale project, bringing this collection to life was no easy feat,” Balestino said. “It pushed my creative thinking and problem-solving skills, but now I feel prepared for the challenges I may face in future projects. I got a taste of how many design companies operate and how to work together with people in print design and manufacturing to create a successful collection. I’m so excited to show the collection that I spent countless hours designing and creating with my teammates.”

Their “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.

“It’s a total integrated process, including digital printing, fabric selection, technical design and client interface,” said Sunderland, who also will be part of an Epson industry expert panel before the fashion event. “It’s a complete story.”

One of the unique advantages of the PhilaU fashion and textile programs is the collaborative approach to design, said Sheila Connelly, fashion design program director.

“Textile and fashion designers work side by side to design and develop custom prints in our on-campus print labs,” she said. “That process gives our student-designed collection an unrivaled richness and a jumpstart when entering industry as graduates. I’m particularly proud of Huyen Doan and Maria Balestino for the extraordinary collection they have designed, and I’m confident that it will show beautifully alongside professional design work from around the globe.”

The faculty team of Connelly, Sunderland, Catherine Casano, fashion design instructor, E.J. Herczyk, associate professor and drawing coordinator in the textile design program, and Hitoshi Ujiie, director of the Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging, all played key roles in the Epson project.

PhilaU’s ongoing relationship with Epson helped lead the University to present at New York Fashion Week, Ujiie said. The international company selected PhilaU to be an academic beta site for digital textile printing a couple years ago due to the University’s advanced knowledge and reputation in textiles, materials, performance and digital printing. In one project, PhilaU tested Epson’s first digital direct-to-garment printer.

“This is a significant milestone for us,” Ujiie said of the partnership. “Our vision for surface imaging is to enhance and improve imaging industries in our maker’s culture and digital textile printing is a big part too.”

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PhilaU Faculty Present Pedagogical Research at Regional Teaching Meetings


PhilaU biology professor Anne Bower presented her work on multisensory active learning techniques.

Nearly 20 part- and full-time Philadelphia University faculty presented their innovative pedagogical research at two regional teaching conferences last month: the Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence at Temple University and the West Chester University’s Scholarship of Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference.

At both, only the host institutions gave more presentations than PhilaU, said Jeffrey Ashley, director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning, noting Nexus Learning Grants funded many of the research projects. Additional PhilaU faculty attended the meetings but didn’t present, garnering pedagogical strategies from regional to national thought leaders.

“That is an incredible number of faculty engaging in the scholarship of teaching, learning and assessment and disseminating their strategies to a wider audience,” he said. “For our size, I see no comparable academic institution that nurtures these pedagogical explorations as effectively as we do and supports them in disseminating their work regionally.”

Gulbin Ozcan-Deniz, assistant professor of construction management, said the benefits of conferences like these are twofold. As an attendee, she hears speakers on specific teaching techniques and can discuss a variety of strategies.

“For example, a discussion on simulations in a nursing program can give me ideas on how I can do physical or virtual simulations with construction management students,” she said. “Also, as a presenter, I get feedback from peers, which always helps to improve my teaching methods.”

PhilaU faculty presented the following posters at the Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence on Jan. 10:

Encouraging Self-Guided Learning by Incorporating Systems Theory in a Museum Studies Course
Alysha Friesen, Adjunct Professor, Art History

Service Learning in a Student Run Pro-Bono Clinic: Facilitating Excellence in the Professional Development of Occupational and Physical Therapy Students
Bridget Trivinia, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
Wendy Wachter-Schutz, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy

Analyzing Team-Based Learning Strategies in an Innovative Construction Capstone Course
Gulbin Ozcan-Deniz, Assistant Professor, Construction Management

Multisensory Active Learning Techniques Engage Health Care Professionals in Essential Anatomy and Physiology of the Kidney
Anne Bower, Professor, Biology
Kathyrn Mickle, Assistant Professor, Anatomy
Jeff Klemens, Assistant Professor, Biology, and Nardiello-Flick Term Chair in Biology and Design Biology

Implementing Social Learning and Participatory Action Research in a Transdisciplinary Context: Evaluating the Intersection of Facilitation and Student Agency
Megan Fuller, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Radika Bhaskar, Teaching Assistant Professor, DEC Core

PhilaU faculty presented the following posters at the Scholarship of Teaching, Learning and Assessment conference on Jan. 20:

Experimenting Team-Building Strategies in an Innovative Nexus Learning Capstone Course
Gulbin Ozcan-Deniz, Assistant Professor, Construction Management

Adjunct art history professor Alysha Friesen focused on encouraging self-guided learning.

Adjunct art history professor Alysha Friesen focused on encouraging self-guided learning.

Trauma-Informed Inter-Professional Education Among Health Science Graduate Programs
Stephen DiDonato, Assistant Professor, Community and Trauma Counseling
Richard Hass, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Amy Baker, Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
Michelle Gorenberg, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
Jeanne Felter, Program Director, Community and Trauma Counseling, and Zeldin Family Foundation Term Chair

Quantitative Assessment for Qualitative Practices: Creating Effective Rubrics and Assessment Practices for Studio-Based and Other Traditionally Qualitative Courses
Dana Scott, Assistant Professor, DEC Core and Foundations, and Director, Assessment for Student Learning

Enhanced Active Learning in Nexus Learning Spaces
Beena Patel, Adjunct Professor, Biology
Frank Wilkinson, Associate Professor, Biology
Marianne Dahl, Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant Studies

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