Jefferson Experts Speak at Global Health Forum in Vatican City

Watch Dr. David Nash’s presentation on population health intelligence above.

A trio of Jefferson experts, including David Nash, MD, MBA, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, recently took to the international stage, speaking at Unite to Cure: A Global Health Care Initiative in Vatican City.

The event sought to raise global awareness and create a forum for collaboration around the wide array of powerful and promising cell therapies, gene therapies and immunotherapies emerging from medical institutions around the world, as well as the impact new technology will have on humanity and society.

Dr. Nash discussed population health intelligence, in particular how to use and analyze disparate data sources, including genomics, in a way that will provide actionable insights to improve health outcomes at a personal and population level.

Richard Derman, MD, MPH, associate provost for global affairs, director for global health research and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Jefferson, spoke about global approaches to a world without disease.

And Howard Krein, MD, PhD, associate professor of facial plastics and reconstructive surgery at Jefferson and senior director of health policy and innovation, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, discussed “10 Health Moonshots: How a Global Army of Health Transformers Is Accomplishing One Impossible Dream.”

Created by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Cura Foundation, this event from April 26-28 gathered global influencers from healthcare, medicine, media, entertainment, technology, government and faith to advance human health.

Pope Francis met with attendees and delivered an address, and Emmy-winners Sanjay Gupta, MD; Mehmet Öz, MD; Meredith Vieira; and Max Gomez, PhD, moderated the panels.

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Business Students Inducted Into Delta Mu Delta Honor Society

Sonia Saini was inducted in the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society.

Sonia Saini was inducted in the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society.

The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) Chapter of the International Business Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta, held its annual induction ceremony at the Germantown Cricket Club on April 27.

Forty-two new undergraduate and graduate students were inducted into the Delta Upsilon chapter of Delta Mu Delta. To be inducted, students must have completed at least half of the program credits, be in the top 20 percent of the class, and have a GPA of 3.7 or better for undergraduates and 3.9 for graduate students.

Finance alumnus Michael Louden ’89, VP of sales for Comcast Business, also was honored during the ceremony. He played on the men’s basketball team for four years and received All-American honors in 1989. Inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame in 2007, Louden is currently a member of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce Advancement Council. His son, Michael, graduated from Jefferson in 2017.

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Stephen Spinelli Jr. to Become Chancellor Emeritus

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) Chancellor Stephen Spinelli Jr., PhD, has announced he will transition to the role of Chancellor Emeritus—the first time this title has been given in the University’s history. The move will be effective as of June 30, 2018.

“The merger of Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University was an historical event for both institutions,” he said. “Two vital schools looked into the future and decided they could deliver better education together. A rapidly changing social and economic environment requires new solutions. I am proud to say that the new Jefferson is a bold leader in shaping those solutions and creating a better world.

“With the merger complete, organization reshaped, brand architecture in place, marketing program launched and strategic plan finalized all ahead of schedule, I have decided that the time is right to make this transition,” Spinelli said.

He called his 11 years on campus as president and chancellor deeply fulfilling and said Jefferson President and CEO Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, and the Jefferson Academic Board will intensely steward the historical strengths of the legacy institutions.

“They will take our distinctive University for professional education to the proverbial next level, leveraging 328 years of experience, a world-class strategy and a forward-looking education model,” said Spinelli, noting the Philadelphia University Honors Institute at Jefferson will be a beacon of great scholarship long into the future.

“I am grateful to Chancellor Stephen Spinelli Jr., PhD, for his vision, wisdom and guts to take the bold steps to ensure a stronger future for our two legacy institutions, our students, faculty and staff, and our alumni,” Klasko said.

Klasko applauded Spinelli’s aggressive strategic planning process that resulted in the:

  • establishment of the unique and award-winning Nexus Learning pedagogy
  • founding of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce
  • tremendous growth in graduate, CPS and online education
  • national and international program rankings
  • blending of curricular and co-curricular initiatives
  • growth of health and science programs
  • strongest financial picture, highest enrollment and largest amount of funds raised in the history of the University
  • 96 percent job and graduate school success rate
  • merger of Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University

“President Klasko and I will work together during my transition to ensure that we maintain the momentum on our two main campuses, invest in our legacy programs and continue to develop the unique global education ecosystem we have begun,” Spinelli said. “Dr. Klasko is committed to growing the East Falls and Center City campuses and fulfilling the bold reimagining of university education and research that is embodied in our strategic plan.”

Klasko said he’s excited about what lies ahead for the University. “Working together, we will build our programs in architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion, health, humanities, medicine, science and textiles,” he said. “We will reimagine higher education and redefine humanly possible for the benefit of students, alumni, patients and employers.”

As Chancellor Emeritus, Spinelli will continue to write, speak and lecture on the future of education and the future of work.

“I am passionate about going out in my role as Chancellor Emeritus to tell the world about the work we are doing at Jefferson to transform higher education, enhance the value proposition for students and their families, and redefine what’s humanly possible,” he said.

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Stuart Weitzman Received the Spirit of Design Award at Jefferson’s Annual Fashion Show: WWD

Renowned shoe designer Stuart Weitzman was honored with the 2018 Spirit of Design Award at Jefferson’s Annual Fashion Show, WWD reported April 27.

Timberland vice president Kate Kibler ’97 was presented with  the Alumni Award for Leadership in the Fashion Industry at the Fashion Show, noting her evolution from sewing her first student project to her pants to her role in building strategy and vision for a major brand. Alumnus Philip Kodroff, former CFO for Weitzman’s company, and University Trustee and fashion celebrity Carson Kressley were included in the story.

Student designers Kelsey Fickes, Yee Fang Ho and Dalton Wade Reidenbach also were featured in the story.

WWD, formerly Women’s Wear Daily, is a leading news publication for the fashion industry. Read the story here.


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Provost Tykocinski Says Partnership With Israel Will Lead to Medical and Technological Advances: KYW Newsradio

Provost Mark Tykocinski said Jefferson is establishing a partnership with Israel to develop innovative solutions in medical and technology, KYW Newsradio reported April 26.

Jefferson is developing partnerships with several countries and regions, including Israel, Tykocinski said, “and one of the reasons we’ve targeted Israel is there’s this incredible culture of innovation.”

Read and listen to the interview here.

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Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing Could Help Stem Rising Prices for Biologics: Philadelphia Inquirer

The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing, announced in February, will help standardize manufacturing of biologic drugs, which should help stem rising prices, said Ron Kander, executive dean of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, in a Philadelphia Inquirer story posted April 24.

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Prince Albert of Monaco Will Deliver Jefferson Commencement Address: KYW Newsradio

Prince Albert of Monaco will deliver the University’s undergraduate Commencement address May 9, KYW Newsradio reported April 25.

His mother Princess Grace grew up to become the actress Grace Kelly a few blocks from the University’s East Falls campus.

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Students’ Passion, Creativity and Talents Shine at Jefferson Fashion Show

The FIA Award for Best in Show went to Dalton Wade Reidenbach for this piece in his "Bawdy Opulence" collection.

The FIA Award for Best in Show went to Dalton Wade Reidenbach for this piece in his “Bawdy Opulence” collection.

Students lit up the runway with stunning and diverse collections at the University’s Annual Fashion Show on April 26.

With inspirations ranging from the beauty of mermaids to 1960s Miami glamour to wildlife in Kenya’s Nairobi National Park, 127 student fashion designers showed more than 300 head-to-toe looks at the Moulin at Sherman Mills in Philadelphia. The show, produced by the student Fashion Industries Association and its president, fashion merchandising and management junior Lauren Vastano, featured unique collaborations between fashion design, textile design and industrial design students.

“When our students leave here, they are skilled—and they are industry ready,” said Sheila Connelly, director of the fashion design program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), adding her students inspire her every day “with their open hearts, boundless curiosity and compassion for one another and for the world around them.”

Alana McHugh's "Convolution" collection won the Nexus Learning Award. She worked with textile design students A. Zarinah Nuri, Emily Olsen and Ji Young Park.

Alana McHugh’s collection won the Nexus Learning Award.

Chancellor Stephen Spinelli Jr. proudly noted that employers and graduate schools hire and enroll Jefferson students at a 96 percent rate and the University’s learning approach, expertise and student success have led the Business of Fashion and Fashionista to rank Jefferson among the top fashion programs globally.

“Tonight, you will see the ambition and the potential for making a better world through our human-centered, design-thinking focus,” Spinelli told the sold-out crowd. “That process requires acute thinking and skills—and a deep sense of empathy.”

Fashion celebrity Carson Kressley H’13, honorary chair and University trustee, called it a privilege to interact with Jefferson’s talented, dedicated and passionate students.

“You’re in for such a treat, and I must say, Jefferson has never looked so good,” he said to the more than 1,100 cheering students, family members, fashion industry leaders, media, area fashionistas and University faculty, staff and trustees.

On the runway, the audience saw a wide variety of women’s, men’s and children’s looks created by sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students. From NBC10, Bill Henley served as emcee and Katy Zachry provided commentary for each design.

Alexandra Pizzigoni received the FIA Award for Best Senior Collection with “Memory Space.” (See full award list below.) Luxe fabrics and unconventional materials informed this collection inspired by interior spaces and inanimate objects. Supported by the Eileen Martinson ’86 Fund for the Undergraduate Capstone Experience, which helps to defray the cost of fabric and other materials, this collection was a collaboration with textile design students Sivan Ilan and Regan Marriner.

Alexandra Pizzigoni received the FIA Award for Best Senior Collection with "Memory Space."

Alexandra Pizzigoni received the FIA Award for Best Senior Collection with “Memory Space.”

The FIA Award for Best in Show went to senior Dalton Wade Reidenbach for a coat in his “Bawdy Opulence” collection, where the carefree and risqué fashions of the 1920s came to life with sequins, ostrich feathers and brocade. He received support from the Eileen Martinson ’86 Fund as well.

The juxtaposition of white and vivid hues alludes to the creative internal battle of the mind in senior Alana McHugh’s “Convolution” collection, which earned the Nexus Learning Award for a collaborative design initiative and received funding from the Eileen Martinson ’86 Fund. She worked with textile design students A. Zarinah Nuri, Emily Olsen and Ji Young Park.

The whimsical and romantic “Over the River and Through the Woods,” a collaboration of fashion designers Danielle Frere and Lex Sado and textile designers Nina Nickerson, Jessica Butler and Nina de Vasall, explored what life might have been like behind the pages of a French fairytale. They won the Stuart Weitzman Award for Excellence in an Eveningwear or Bridal Collection.

At the Fashion Show, renowned shoe designer and entrepreneur Stuart Weitzman received the Jefferson 2018 Spirit of Design Award, which is presented to an individual who has had a significant influence on design and design education. Due to a family emergency, Weitzman couldn’t attend the event in person; however, alumnus Philip Kodroff ’82, former chief financial officer for Weitzman’s company, accepted the honor on the designer’s behalf.

Weitzman’s iconic shoe designs, including the Nudist sandal and 5050 boot, have been worn on the red carpet by such celebrities as Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie and Taylor Swift, as well as by the merely fashionable in 75 countries around the world.

Fashion celebrity Carson Kressley H'13 called it a privilege to interact with Jefferson’s talented, dedicated and passionate students.

Fashion celebrity Carson Kressley H’13 called it a privilege to interact with Jefferson’s talented students.

Kodroff said Weitzman’s success was due to his “secret sauce,” including manufacturing practicality, comfort, quality materials, affordability and keeping the line fresh and new every season.

Another honoree was Kate Kibler ’97, vice president of North America direct-to-consumer business at Timberland, who received the Alumni Award for Leadership in the Fashion Industry. The University established this distinction to acknowledge alumni industry leaders actively engaged in the Jefferson community.

“As you enter your career, I encourage you to be bold,” Kibler urged the students. “Take risks. Evolve and change with the industry. Really embrace what’s out there. This is one of the most fun, fulfilling, exciting—and exhausting—careers you can ever have.”

Student winners at the 2018 Annual Fashion Show included:

Most Ready for Retail
Kelsey Fickes, Collection One

Excellence in Workmanship and Quality/Senior Collection
Tiffanni Hinds, Collection Two

Collaborative Textile Design for Womenswear
Lexie Kline, Collection One
Patricia Lemke

for Innovative Shapes and Silhouettes in a Senior Collection
Alexandra Pizzigoni, Collection Two

Design Excellence in a Sportswear Collection
Alyssa Manna, Collection Two

Excellence in Design
Lea Paul

Best of Show
Dalton Wade Reidenbach
Best Senior Collection
Alexandra Pizzigoni, Collection Two
Best Senior Collection, Honorable Mention:
Keren Espina, Collection Two

Design Excellence in Childrenswear
Carly McAndrew

for Design Excellence by a Junior
Allegra Pronesti
Honorable Mention:
Katelyn Adamson

for Most Creative Collection
Yee Fang Ho, Collection Two

A Collaborative Design Initiative
Alana McHugh, Collection Two
Emily Olsen
Jiyoung Park
Zarinah Nuri

Design Excellence in Menswear
Carly Brisach, Collection Two

Outstanding Senior Design Student
Patricia Corine Franklin

for Excellence in an Eveningwear or Bridal Collection
Lex Sado and Danielle Frere, Collection Two

for Excellence by a Junior
Vanessa Fath

for Textile Innovation
Lex Sado, Collection Two
Nina de Vassal

Original Jacquard Textile Design
Emily Olsen for Alana McHugh’s Collection One


Jefferson received the following sponsorships for the Fashion Show:

Fox Rothschild LLP
Donna Nicoletti Ferrier ’80 and Joseph J. Ferrier Family
Li & Fung

Matt Dane Baker
Charles DiMaria
Thomas Fung
Handsel and Karen Minyard
Penny Wise Thrift Shop
Jennifer Rhodes ’96

Carson Kressley
Celia Frank and Anne Hand
Coates Brothers Clothing
Collection XIIX
Destination Maternity
Fashion Design Faculty
Fashion Industries Association
Joan Calabrese
Li & Fung Limited
Mark A. Sunderland
Mike Ternosky
Nicholas Palumbo
School of Design and Engineering
Stuart Weitzman
The Woolmark Company
United Fabrics

The student fashion designers showed more than 300 head-to-toe looks.

The student fashion designers showed more than 300 head-to-toe looks at the show.

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Jefferson Faculty Member Co-Curates Rocky-Inspired Exhibit

Sylvester Stallone visited “Rocky (re)Runs” to learn more about the creative process behind the show.

Sylvester Stallone visited “Rocky (re)Runs” to learn more about the creative process behind the show.

One of the greatest mythological figures in Philadelphia history, Rocky Balboa has inspired untold numbers with his triumphs. Now, in a unique exhibition co-curated by a University faculty member, a new chapter the iconic movie character has been created—one that even attracted a visit from Sylvester Stallone himself.

“Rocky (re)Runs” brings together 13 local architects, artists, practitioners, videographers and academics whose collective work examines infrequently studied aspects and places within Philadelphia’s built environment. The exhibit identifies a set of related themes and proposes challenges that encourage each participant to investigate those themes in personal ways. The common denominator: Rocky Balboa.

“I always have been fascinated by the way ‘Rocky’ captures Philadelphia differently than other movies,” said Andrew Hart, assistant professor of architecture at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “It’s not about Center City or City Hall. It’s about North Philly and South Philly and the neighborhoods. I wanted to get a group together and ask them to react, as designers, as artists, as fellow Philadelphians—to showcase their city.”

Over the past year, Hart and John James Pron, professor emeritus from Tyler School of Art, held discussions, crits and salons with the group to marinate ideas and facilitate feedback. College of Architecture and the Built Environment adjunct faculty members Ken Jacobs and Laura Blau, who’s an exhibitor as well, also worked on “Rocky (re)Runs.”

The tomb of a Roman magistrate, a gladiator who won his freedom, inspired Hart’s piece, “The Tomb of Rocky.”

“Rocky is the gladiator of our city, and a tomb for the fictional character should be inscribed with our city,” said Hart, noting the original “Rocky” and “Creed” top his list of movies from the blockbuster franchise.

The “lid” of the sarcophagus is a 3D-carved map of the city, and carefully built into his sculpture are pieces of Philadelphia that Hart collected, including bricks fallen from the cornice of Rocky’s apartment, wooden beams from a warehouse on Lehigh Avenue and hardware discarded from a construction site.

Stallone caught wind of the novel exhibit in the Bella Vista section of the city and stopped by last week for an hour to see it and speak with the artists.

“In addition to being an actor, director, producer and screenwriter, Stallone also is a painter,” Hart said. “He was keenly interested in the creative process behind the show and spent time with each piece. We spoke at length about how the city, its neighborhoods and the people were the genesis behind ‘Rocky (re)Runs.’ It meant a lot to hear from someone who also has been inspired by Philadelphia.”

See “Rocky (re)Runs” until Sunday, April 29, at the Da Vinci Art Alliance at 704 Catharine St. in Philadelphia.

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Explore Extended Reality at Jefferson During Philly Tech Week

Tyler Maher '17 works with the zSpace AR display.

Tyler Maher ’17 works with the zSpace AR display. This Philly Tech Week event will explore virtual, augmented and blended reality in practical and experimental use on the East Falls Campus.

As part of Philly Tech Week, a weeklong celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will host XR Exploration at Jefferson. This event on April 30 will explore virtual, augmented and blended reality in practical and experimental use on the East Falls Campus.

“Extended reality (XR) is one of the most exciting areas in technology right now, and it’s never been more accessible,” said Mike Finnell, director of technical support services. “The students and faculty at Jefferson are keenly tuned into that and are eager to see—and show—what can be done with XR, both in the classroom and the world at large.”

Guests can explore an exhibit space where the University community will demonstrate how they use XR technology. HP also will be on hand to show its XR technology, including the Sprout 3D scanner, zSpace Display and ZVR Backpack computer. In addition, Worldviz, a collaborative VR solution, will be demoing their platform remotely (and in VR) from its headquarters in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The presentations include:

  • AR (augmented reality) Sandbox is a literal sandbox that projects a topographical map onto the sand surface that dynamically updates as users alter the terrain with their hands or tools.
  • With the Internet and Prospect VR plugin for the Revit design software, collaborative VR spaces for architecture illustrate how two individuals can exist in the same virtual space even if they’re separated in physical space.
  • Marketing and branding techniques utilizing embedded AR codes on physical materials allow for a far greater, more dynamic amount of information to be contained in an otherwise static format.
  • Adjunct professor and alumnus Freddie Freeman ’08, who teaches Jefferson’s intro to VR course, will present student work, such as a 360 Video campus tour and a virtual gallery focusing on the history of technology. Attendees can try on the HTC Vive, explore VR with the Google Daydream and check out the 360 GoPro Camera Rig. Former and current VR students will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate live demos.

XR Exploration at Jefferson will be Monday, April 30, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Kanbar Performance Space. The event is free, but registration is required. Visit here for more info and to register.

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