Devos’ Hidden Role in Rescinding the Rights of Transgender Students

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PhilaU Faculty Deliver Training on Child Trauma to Philadelphia School Counselors

Philadelphia school counselors attended a training session on child trauma at PhilaU.

Philadelphia school counselors attended a training session on child trauma at PhilaU.

Approximately 110 counselors from the School District of Philadelphia attended a foundational training session on child trauma at Philadelphia University on Monday, March 6.

Lori Paster, deputy of prevention and intervention at the school district, asked Jeanne Felter, director of PhilaU’s Community and Trauma Counseling Program and Zeldin Family Foundation Term Chair, to help develop trauma competencies.

Felter will be providing more in-depth training with a larger group of school district counselors this summer at PhilaU.

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PhilaU Alumna Wins John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship in Architecture

Stewardson winner Melanie Whedon ’14; James Doerfler, PhilaU’s director of the architecture and architectural studies programs; and Stewardson finalist fifth-year architecture student Brian Wise celebrate the awards.

Stewardson winner Melanie Whedon ’14; James Doerfler, PhilaU’s director of the architecture and architectural studies programs; and Stewardson finalist fifth-year architecture student Brian Wise celebrate the awards.

For the third time in four years, a Philadelphia University student or graduate has won the John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship in Architecture. After reviewing more than 50 entries, the jury named Melanie Whedon ’14 the winner for her proposal “Moments of Infinity” on March 3 in the PSFS Building in Philadelphia. PhilaU fifth-year architecture student Brian Wise was a finalist.

The Stewardson, which provides a $10,000 traveling scholarship, is an annual competition of the seven accredited architecture programs in Pennsylvania, also including University of Pennsylvania, Drexel, Temple, Carnegie Mellon, Penn State and Marywood Universities. Upon the completion of her travels, Whedon will give a public formal presentation on her experience at PhilaU.

“The aim of this project was to connect the user with our own planet before being able to admire the infinity of space,” explained Whedon, a 2014 Stewardson runner-up who’s currently with the firm KSS Architects. “I wanted to create an experience that really drew attention to the human scale in the context of our environment, our planet and our universe, making us feel small but our impact significant.”

The competition is a 10-day charrette undertaken solo, without any outside assistance. Whedon’s winning proposal was a design for an observatory on Mt. Lemmon, a mountaintop adjacent to Tucson, Ariz., used by the University of Arizona as a unique teaching and research facility. Her proposal will travel to all seven accredited institutions during the spring semester.

“Melanie’s project demonstrates awareness of the logistics of design and, more importantly, illustrates the designer’s attitude for a deeper, more meaningful architectural experience,” said Andrew Hart, visiting professor of architecture at PhilaU and managing secretary to the 116th John Stewardson Fellowship in Architecture 2017. “Her accomplishment speaks to the strength of the University, focus of the program and Melanie as a talented designer.”

The design jury panel included Petra Stanev, of Stanev Potts; Ken Jacobs, PhilaU adjunct professor of interior architecture and architectural studies; John MacCallum, of HOK; and Adam Block, astronomer and founder of University of Arizona’s SkyCenter Observatory.

“I’m thrilled that PhilaU graduate Melanie Whedon won the 2017 Stewardson Competition in Architecture,” said Barbara Klinkhammer, executive dean of PhilaU’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment. “This is the third time in four years that a PhilaU student or graduate won the award. I couldn’t be prouder of our students and faculty.”

Recent Stewardson winners from PhilaU were Ryan Thompson ’16 and Daniel Silberman ’14.

Melanie Whedon’s winning proposal was a design for an observatory on Mt. Lemmon, a mountaintop adjacent to Tucson, Ariz.

Melanie Whedon’s winning proposal was a design for an observatory on Mt. Lemmon in Arizona.

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Architecture Students Design Pavilions to Act as Link Between PhilaU and TJU Campuses

Ryan Mann’s winning project now will be considered for fabrication for exhibition at DesignPhiladelphia.

Ryan Mann’s winning project now will be considered for fabrication for exhibition at DesignPhiladelphia in the fall.

Philadelphia University’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment, the Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region and the Architectural Glass Institute have named the winners of the 2017 Architectural Glass Student Design Competition. The contest of PhilaU third-year architecture students sought design/build proposals for two pavilions to act as a figurative and architectural link between the campuses of PhilaU and Thomas Jefferson University. The winners received over $6,000 in prize money from a grant through the Finishing Trades Institute.

First Place: Ryan Mann—$3,000
Second Place: Madison Emig—$2,000
Third Place: Andrew Sauers and Samuel Horochowski (tie)—$600 each

“The pair of glass walls, each one representing a school, form a gateway into each University, shimmering in the sunlight and reflecting the surroundings,” Mann described. “The walls are made up of small moveable square pieces of glass, each with a film reflecting a different view of the surroundings, operating like the eyes of many insects seeing in all directions.”

Mann’s project now will be considered for fabrication this summer to be built by students of PhilaU and the Finishing Trades Institute for exhibition at DesignPhiladelphia in the fall.

The competition jury included Lyn Godley, PhilaU associate professor of industrial design; alumnus Matthew Naugle ’07 from New Hudson Facades; David Murray from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Chris Boskey from KieranTimberlake Architects; Pat McIntyre from Synergy Glass and Door Service; and Terry Webb from Eureka Metal and Glass.

Other finalists were PhilaU architecture students Craig Altorfer, Julie Carbone, Alexander Haba, Benjamin Manarski, Martin Patsouris and Tyler Rota.

“We would like to give special thanks to Stephanie Staub, of the Architectural Glass Institute, for supporting this competition,” said James Doerfler, director of PhilaU’s architecture and architectural studies programs.

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Rams Take on Dominican College in CACC Tournament Semifinals

The Rams will play in the CACC Tournament semifinals for the sixth straight season.

The Rams will play in the CACC Tournament semifinals for the sixth straight season.

This weekend, the Philadelphia University men’s basketball team will play in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament semifinals for the sixth straight season. The Rams (21-8) will face Dominican (N.Y.) College on Saturday, March 4, at 2 p.m. at Caldwell University.

PhilaU defeated Post University 72-63 in the quarterfinals in the Gallagher Center last weekend.

Watch Saturday’s game online here.

Go Rams!

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PhilaU Architecture Students Win HOK Design Challenge

PhilaU architecture students Anna Ayik and Shannon McLain won $6,500 and will intern at HOK this summer.

PhilaU architecture students Anna Ayik and Shannon McLain won $6,500 and will intern at HOK.

Two third-year Philadelphia University architecture students have won the 2017 HOK Future Design Challenge, earning $6,500 for the team and summer internships at the global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm’s Philly office.

Anna Ayik and Shannon McLain designed a mixed-use space that forms a bridge over the Viaduct in Philadelphia’s planned Rail Park. They topped dozens of other Philadelphia-area teams of architecture and interior design undergraduate and graduate students from schools including the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University and Penn State University.

Ayik and McLain designed two towers that twist together and converge near the top to show the connection between living and working space. They also sought to create a place for the community to come together and give this Philadelphia neighborhood a stronger identity.

Project highlights include apartment views to Center City, a creators’ space, a café off the Rail Park, a think tank with flexible workspace for entrepreneurs and a retail area for residents and community members to sell handmade creations.

“In a building full of people trying to create a better future with their ideas and expressions, we thought it was necessary to instill collaborative open spaces for people to work together and share their ideas,” McLain said.

PhilaU faculty members Betty Bluvstein, adjunct professor of architecture; Andrew Hart, visiting assistant professor of architecture; and Edgar Stach, professor of architecture, advised the students when they reached the finals.

“PhilaU taught us to think about concept on every scale while still maintaining functionality of the spaces for a developed scheme,” Ayik said. “The University’s emphasis on site context helped shape our thinking for urbanistic concept.”

Their winning project reflects the high standards of design excellence in the University’s architecture program, said Barbara Klinkhammer, executive dean, College of Architecture and the Built Environment. “Within a competitive field of architecture and design students from several Pennsylvania colleges, they demonstrated design talent, paired with critical inquiry and intellectual rigor. I am proud to have them as students in our program.”

Kenneth Drucker, design principal for HOK’s Philadelphia practice, said it was refreshing to see the passion and vision students across the area expressed through their design solutions.

“The winning architecture entry from Philadelphia University included well-developed public and collaborative spaces and a thoughtful response to the site,” he said.

Project highlights include apartment views to Center City, a creators’ space, a café stepping off to the Rail Park, a think tank with flexible workspace for entrepreneurs and a retail area.

Project highlights include apartment views to Center City, a creators’ space, a café stepping off to the Rail Park, a think tank with flexible workspace and a retail area.

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Three Faculty Members Newly Tenured at PhilaU: Inside Higher Ed

Philadelphia University faculty members Stacy Van Dahm, writing, Reza Masoodi, engineering and Raju Parakkal, international relations, have recently received tenure, Inside Higher Ed reported March 2.

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Globetrotter Bria Young ’15 Joins Philly Mayor for Trick Shot: Philadelphia Inquirer, 6ABC and Philly Voice

Former Ram Bria Young ’15 returned to her hometown as a Harlem Globetrotter this week and joined Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney for some trick shots at City Hall, reported The Philadelphia Inquirer, 6ABC, and Philly Voice.

Watch the video here.

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Former Ram Bria Young ’15 Returns To Philly As Harlem Globetrotter: CBS Philly

Bria “Swish” Young ’15 will be returning to her hometown this week in her new role as a Harlem Globetrotter, CBS Philly reported Feb. 27.

Young played for the PhilaU Rams for three years, graduating with a psychology degree, and “was probably the most athletic player I ever had,” PhilaU women’s basketball coach Tom Shirley said.

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Iranian Baby Undergoes Heart Surgery after Trump’s Immigration Ban: Hope

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