Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion During Unity Week

Screen Shot 2017-04-06 at 10.10.47 AMPhiladelphia University has a full schedule of events planned for Unity Week, a tradition that celebrates diversity and inclusion.

“All members of the PhilaU community are encouraged to attend Unity Week events, and we hope you leave feeling empowered to make a positive impact in your world,” said Ali Stefanik, assistant director of student engagement for diversity and social justice.

The theme for this year’s Unity Week, which runs April 10-14, is “Be the Change.”

Monday, April 10
Love Your Neighbor
* Activist 101: Bystander Guide to Stopping Harassment, 10 a.m., Kanbar 312
* Activism 101: Story Circle—Sharing Our Experiences to Better Understand Healing, dinner will be provided, 5:30 p.m., Kanbar 312
* “Salam Neighbor” Movie Screening, 7 p.m., Gutman Library Media Room

Tuesday, April 11
Self-Care and Safety as Revolution
* #PassItOn Positivity Post-It Campaign, all day, campus-wide
* It’s On Us Water Pong Tournament, co-sponsored by AXP, 12:30 p.m., Gutman Quad (rain location: Kanbar Performance Space)
* Activist 101: Safety Tips for Protests and Marches, 1 p.m., KCC 306
* Activist 101: Self-Care as an Activist, 4:30 p.m., KCC 306
* Political Knitting: Fashion as a Platform for Social Change (Knit Your Own Pussy Hat) Part One, free Insomnia Cookies, 7 p.m., Kanbar 106

Wednesday, April 12
Use Your Voice
* Activist 101: Finding Your Voice Through Self-Authorship, 12:30 p.m., Kanbar 312
* Tya Winn on Diversity in the Built Environment, co-sponsored by NOMA, 6 p.m., Tuttleman 101
* Political Knitting: Fashion as a Platform for Social Change (Knit Your Own Pussy Hat) Part Two, free Insomnia Cookies, 7 p.m., Kanbar 106

Thursday, April 13
Repair the World
* St. James Service Project, email Olivia Brown (brown2412@students.philau.edu) to sign up, all day
* Tikkun Olam: Button Sale for the Refugee Resettlement Program, sponsored by Hillel, 12:30 p.m., Kanbar Vending Area
* Sustainability and Fair Trade Fair, sponsored by USGBC, SOSA and LSA, 12:30 p.m., Kanbar Living Room
* Activist 101: Prioritization Through Mind Mapping, 1 p.m., Kanbar 306
* Roxboro Roundtable: Citizenship and Service, co-hosted by PhilaU SERVE, 4 p.m., Roxboro House
* Yomi Abiola, co-sponsored by CAB, 7 p.m., DEC Forum

Friday, April 14
Stop Gender-Based Violence and Discrimination
* Activist 101: LGBTQ Safe Zone Training, 10 a.m., KCC 312
* “Yeah, Maybe, No” Movie Screening, catered by Tony Roni’s, 6 p.m., DEC Forum

Throughout the Week
* Change Your Mind Poster Series, sponsored by the Honors Program, Ted’s Gallery
* 10 free T-shirts—first come, first serve at each event

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MIT Professor and Architecture Alumnus Skylar Tibbits to Speak at PhilaU April 10

Skylar Tibbits ’08 will present “Self-Assembly and Programmable Materials.”

Skylar Tibbits ’08 will present “Self-Assembly and Programmable Materials” on April 10.

Architecture alumnus Skylar Tibbits ’08 returns to campus April 10 to present “Self-Assembly and Programmable Materials” as part of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment Spring 2017 Lecture Series.

Tibbits is co-director and founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Self-Assembly Lab at the International Design Center. The lab focuses on programmable material technologies for novel manufacturing, products and construction processes. Tibbits is an assistant professor in MIT’s department of architecture, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios. In addition, he is editor-in-chief of the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Journal and founder of SJET LLC, a small multidisciplinary design practice.

Tibbits graduated from PhilaU with a bachelor of architecture degree and minor in experimental computation. He started building installations and writing code while at PhilaU and credits the University for teaching him to push boundaries. He advises students and recent graduates to break the mold to find new and exciting opportunities.

“Legacy is the biggest thing that kills innovation,” said Tibbits, who has an M.S in design computation and M.S. in computer science from MIT. “Fight your own legacy and conventions because that brings innovation.”

The lecture starts 6 p.m. on Monday, April 10, in the Tuttleman Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Read more about Skylar Tibbits here.

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Students Discuss the ‘Gift of Grief’ at Emotional Roundtable

PhilaU student Haru Jang read her essay “The Gift of Grief: How to Save a Life.”

PhilaU student Haru Jang read her essay “The Gift of Grief: How to Save a Life.”

Speakers addressed the challenging and emotional topics of defining loss and dealing with and learning from grief at a roundtable conversation on March 30 in the Roxboro House.

M.S. industrial design student Haru Jang read her essay “The Gift of Grief: How to Save a Life” in the freeform discussion, sponsored by Philadelphia University’s Arlen Specter Center for Public Service. She won the Daniel Gerstein Award for her essay about being raped at 9 years old and how an unlikely friendship gave her strength.

“I have come to learn the hard way that we grieve because we love, and I would have never respected this life without that grief,” she wrote. “Although loss can blindside the unsuspecting and haunt the bereaved, we do not have to become its victims. Instead of pushing grief away, let it motivate us to seize opportunities, appreciate our loved ones, and perhaps empower us to save a life.”

The “Gift of Grief” essay contest and $250 first-prize award were established by Community and Trauma Counseling (CTC) faculty member Fran Gerstein and her husband Stuart Gerstein, a 2016 graduate of the counseling program. Their son Daniel died suddenly in 2014.

Fran Gerstein led the discussion, which also included panelists Christine Kennedy, assistant professor in the CTC program; Mary Jane Hurley Brant, group psychotherapist; Rebecca Gerstein, licensed social worker; and Frani Pollack, licensed social worker and psychologist.

The following PhilaU students earned honorable mentions for their essays: Amanda Alexander, innovation MBA; Brianna Giarraputo, fashion merchandising and management; Sunny Granger, M.S. in midwifery; Aubrey Kohl, graphic design communication; Tennyson Tippy, M.S. in user experience and interaction design; and Alana Waters, health sciences.

The full Gift of Grief roundtable can be heard here, and visit here to read all the essays.

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PhilaU Will Host The Basketball Tournament Regional Championship in July: Baltimore Sun

Philadelphia University will host the regional championship of The Basketball Tournament, a $2 million winner-take-all event, July 8-9, The Baltimore Sun reported April 2.

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Winning Essay in the Arlen Specter Center For Public Service Second Annual Gift of Grief Roxboro House Roundtable Writing Contest

By: Haru Jang Loss is an unpredictable stalker, often prowling in the darkness just waiting to blindside its unsuspecting victims. Sometimes,...
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Mario Zucca’s Adventures in Mapmaking!

Adjunct Professor, Mario Zucca, is a talented, award-winning illustrator. His work has been commissioned for The Boston Globe, The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek and Maxim, just to name a few. Several years ago, Mario started making very detailed, intricate maps, and they are amazing! It all started with his wildly popular map of Philadelphia which was followed by maps of Pittsburgh, Portland and others.

Mario's latest creation is a glorious depiction of all 59 US National Parks in one map. $10 from each map purchase will go toward the preservation and protection of our nation's national parks. Check out this delightful animated video of the map and order yours today! We love to see creatives acting as entrepreneurs and can't wait to see what Mario will do next!

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Mario Zucca’s Adventures in Mapmaking!

Adjunct Professor, Mario Zucca, is a talented, award-winning illustrator. His work has been commissioned for The Boston Globe, The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek and Maxim, just to name a few. Several years ago, Mario started making very detailed, intricate maps, and they are amazing! It all started with his wildly popular map of Philadelphia which was followed by maps of Pittsburgh, Portland and others.

Mario's latest creation is a glorious depiction of all 59 US National Parks in one map. $10 from each map purchase will go toward the preservation and protection of our nation's national parks. Check out this delightful animated video of the map and order yours today! We love to see creatives acting as entrepreneurs and can't wait to see what Mario will do next!

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‘A Walk Through PhilaU’ Exhibit Reflects on What University Means to the Community

Landscape architecture student Joe Coryell contributed this photo to the exhibit.

Landscape architecture student Joe Coryell contributed this photo to the exhibit.

Philadelphia University’s Honors Student Association and Student Government Association are collaborating on “A Walk Through PhilaU,” an exhibit comprised of work that showcases what PhilaU means to the community.

“‘A Walk Through PhilaU’ is such a unique event because it gives students, faculty and staff the opportunity to not only reflect on their own personal experiences at PhilaU, but to also view other submissions in order to gain a greater appreciation of the University,” said Laura Pavelik, Honors Student Association president.

The event will feature approximately 125 quotes, collages, photographs, drawings, silent films, animations, graphics, videos and poems. “A Walk Through PhilaU” will debut on Thursday, April 6, in the Kanbar Campus Center for an opening reception for administrators, faculty and exhibit contributors. The gallery will remain on display in Kanbar for the following week.

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PhilaU’s Relay for Life Cancer Fundraiser Tonight

Students will walk laps in the Gallagher Athletic Center at Relay For Life.

Students will walk laps in the Gallagher Athletic Center at Relay For Life.

Raising more than $200,000 since 2009, Philadelphia University’s annual Relay for Life will take place Friday, March 31, from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. The American Cancer Society event, organized by the PhilaU chapter of Colleges Against Cancer, works to bring communities together to fight cancer. This marks the first year Relay for Life will be done in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University.

“It’s important for everyone to know that you’re never alone in the fight,” said Taylor Carroll, a second-year health sciences student at PhilaU and Relay for Life co-chair.

Events include cancer survivors sharing their stories, comedian Jessi Campbell performing, games and more. Students will camp out in the Gallagher Athletic Center and walk laps around the gym track to symbolize that the fight against cancer never sleeps.

“We relay in memory of the brave warriors who have gone before us, in gratitude to all of those who fight beside us and in hope for a cancer-free future,” said Louise McShane, PhilaU coordinator for community service and a cancer survivor.

A $10 registration fee includes a wristband for food and beverages throughout the night. Register online here or at the Gallagher Athletic Center before the event. For more info, email philaucac17@gmail.com.

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PhilaU First Baseman Steven Wells a Force at the Plate: CBS Philly

PhilaU senior first baseman Steven Wells is hitting .460 with 20 runs and 18 RBIs, CBS Philly reported March 30. He’s getting help from another big bat in junior utility player Brandon Quaranta, who’s hitting .373, CBS Philly said.

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