PhilaU Graduate Overcomes Hardships to Earn Degree: ABC News, 6ABC

Recent Philadelphia University graduate Christine Holland was profiled in a 2013 special “Nightline” report by ABC reporter Diane Sawyer on Philadelphia’s struggling Strawberry Mansion High School. Holland spoke about her dream of attending PhilaU and the financial challenges she faced.

Four years later, ABC News and Sawyer followed up with a report on Holland’s May 15 graduation from PhilaU with a B.S. in accounting. She received a full scholarship to PhilaU and will start her MBA studies here this fall. The ABC report aired May 31 on World News Tonight with David Muir.

6ABC reported on Holland’s graduation and the ABC News report on June 4; view the 6ABC  video here.

 

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Alumni Earn Top Honors in International Architecture Competition

Recent graduates Abbie Gall and Mina Bellare innovated the infusion bay experience for cancer patients in hospitals and cancer facilities.

Recent graduates Abbie Gall and Mina Bellare innovated the infusion bay experience for cancer patients.

Two recent Philadelphia University graduates have earned third place in the international Building Healthy Buildings competition. Among a pool of more than 30 student designs from around the world, architecture alumnae Abbie Gall ’17 and Mina Bellare ’17 won for their Healing Bays project. In their concept, they sought to innovate health treatment by rethinking the infusion bay experience for cancer patients in hospitals and cancer facilities.

Sponsored by Schuco, the contest was held in conjunction with the Building Healthy Buildings conference in Bielefeld, Germany, on May 23-24. The competition solicited entries addressing one of three topical areas: the healthy building process along the entire value chain; healthy buildings that promote health and well-being for occupants and urban habitat; and healthcare buildings that restore and maintain human health.

Gall and Bellare, who took part in last semester’s novel studio with Thomas Jefferson University students, wanted to create an improved environment that would accommodate both the nurses’ and patients’ needs while giving patients the ability of choice and control in their environment.

All PhilaU finalists traveled to Germany for the Building Healthy Buildings conference.

The PhilaU finalists traveled to Germany for the Building Healthy Buildings conference.

They developed an angled, hollowed triangular unit that can be put together to build up the partition wall between infusion bays. The unit allows adaptability in creating a variety of “neighborhood” options. The wall unit permits the integration of kinetic fans that open and close based on whether someone is within the space. The fans can be adjusted to let patients regulate their preferred privacy. The triangles allow the options of placing screens or fabric along the ceiling to incorporate lights and patterns.

“Our inspiration came from mind-body medicine and the effect the environment has on an individual’s health and healing process,” Gall explained. “We wanted to reimagine the partition wall and how it can give control back to the patient, provide flexibility in the design, decrease stress and improve the overall experience when receiving treatment.”

Four other PhilaU teams made the competition finals: architecture student Raidy Alvarez and sustainable design students Yugandhara Chaudhari and Chit Snow Thyn; architecture student Brittany Ewing and sustainable design student Janhavi Pathak; architecture student Ryan Schaefer; and architecture student Taylor Woods. The Eileen Martinson ’86 Fund for the Undergraduate Capstone Experience funded the projects by Gall and Bellare, Schaefer and Woods.

All PhilaU finalists received a fully paid trip to Germany to attend the meeting and hear professors, professionals and government officials discuss healthy buildings.

“What an amazing experience for the students to attend this conference and see the European perspective on this very important current topic in our profession,” said James Doerfler, director of PhilaU’s architecture programs and Cheryl Smith, AIA Chair for Architecture.

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Student from Struggling Philadelphia School Beats Odds and Graduates from PhilaU: ABC News

On May 31, ABC News featured recent Philadelphia University graduate Christine Holland, who had attended the city’s struggling Strawberry Mansion High School but beat the odds to earn her college degree.

In a 2013 ABC News “Hidden America” report, the team followed the daily lives of students and faculty, including the new principal, Linda Cliatt-Wayman, who set out to change the high school. She helped more than half the seniors, including Holland, get accepted to college.

Holland graduated from PhilaU in May with a degree in accounting and business administration. She’s been offered a scholarship to pursue her MBA at the University.

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PhilaU Students Provide Medical Care in Impoverished Towns in Honduras

In Honduras, PhilaU students delivered medical and dental treatment, distributed hygiene packs, donated clothes, taught students about the importance of recycling and built eco-stoves for families.

In Honduras, PhilaU students delivered medical and dental treatment, distributed hygiene packs, donated clothes, taught students about the importance of recycling and built eco-stoves for families.

In a memorable and life-changing experience, 25 Philadelphia University undergraduate students recently trekked to Honduras to provide needed medical attention to residents in the rural towns of Morocelí and Potrerillos. As part of the Global Medical Brigades program, they spent several packed days offering basic care to those unable to travel to—or who can’t afford—the few clinics and hospitals in the country.

“I participated to make a difference,” said Tanvi Chaudhry, pre-medical studies student and Global Medical Brigades president. “I participated to help people who have so much less. I participated to fall in love with the magic of healthcare even more than I already have.”

In addition to delivering medical and dental treatment to 655 people, the PhilaU students distributed hygiene packs, donated clothes, taught students at an elementary school about the importance of recycling and built eco-stoves for families, which decrease asthma and improve indoor air quality. They worked with PhilaU faculty chaperones Anne Bower, professor of biology, and Matt Milkevitch, director of chemistry and biochemistry programs, as well as U.S. and Honduran medical professionals.

“Not only did we receive real-world experience in the healthcare field, but we were exposed to how people live in impoverished communities, which taught us to be more understanding and willing to give to others,” said Victoria Vance, pre-medical studies student and Global Medical Brigades vice president.

The group decided to travel to Honduras this spring because of the country’s severe lack of healthcare providers, Chaudhry said. Data show there is just one medical professional for each 10,000 people in the country. In comparison, the ratio is roughly one primary care doctor to 300 people in the U.S., according to the American Medical Association.

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At the rural health clinics, the PhilaU students helped triage patients, worked with physicians on physical assessments and diagnoses, and filled prescriptions under the supervision of pharmacists. Healthcare professionals taught the students the basic practices of patient documentation, taking vital signs, dental and gynecology procedures, and the intensity of the doctor-patient problem-solving mechanism in the clinic.

“I was so impressed and proud of the organizational skills, planning, empathy, professionalism and teamwork of our students,” said Bower, noting the strong leadership of Chaudhry and Vance, in particular.

Over the months prior to the May 17-23 journey, students raised funds to pay for the trip and medicine and collected donations of more than 2,000 items to distribute in the hygiene packs, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, combs, shampoo, soap, condoms and hand sanitizers. PhilaU alumni raised $3,000 for medical and dental supplies.

“This life-changing experience empowered our students at the beginning of their medical careers and provided community members with much-needed medical attention to improve their quality of life,” Bower said. “In our final team meeting, the Honduran doctors praised our medical staff and the students for their dedication and compassionate patient care in a remote, challenging location. The friendship and generosity were shared by everyone and will not be forgotten.”

Milkevitch called it a “tremendous” experience, adding, “Without a doubt, students, faculty and healthcare professionals returned home changed, with greater healthcare knowledge and a heightened understanding of the needs of the medically underserved in Honduras.”

See a video from their trip below.

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PhilaU Hosts 1,000 Area High School Students for STEM Education Event

Students from 40 area high schools came to PhilaU for the the STEM Innovators-in-Training Experience.

Students from 40 area high schools came to PhilaU for the STEM Innovators-in-Training Experience.

Approximately 1,000 high school students descended on Philadelphia University on May 31 as part of the STEM Innovators-in-Training Experience.

PhilaU faculty, alumni and students participated in the campus-wide outreach and engagement event, sponsored by the U.S. Army and run by Ten80 Education—a developer of K-12 STEM curriculum and training.

“You are exactly the kind of students that excel in programs at our University,” said Ron Kander, executive dean of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, during the welcoming remarks.

PhilaU alumna Leigh Krauser ’14 shared her early love of engineering. She received her first tool box at age 5 from her dad.

PhilaU alumna Leigh Krauser ’14 shared her early love of engineering. She received her first tool box at age 5 from her dad.

In the opening panel discussion, STEM professionals—including PhilaU mechanical engineering alumna Leigh Krauser ’14—shared when they found their professional path, obstacles they have overcome and background about their careers.

“All that teamwork and critical thinking that you learn every day at school I use almost every day in my job,” said Krauser, product development engineer at Federal-Mogul Powertain, a company she interned with while at PhilaU.

Following the panel, the students from 40 area high schools broke out into hands-on workshops on a variety of topics, such as coding, design, race engineering, non-destructive testing, enterprise activities and leadership principals, and then shared lessons learned with each other.

“I’m excited that our students saw all the different aspects of innovation,” said Kristen Stuby, an engineering and math teacher from Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa.

She brought 33 students, including many in the STEM-focused Project Lead the Way program. One such student, freshman Bianca Crespo, said she hopes to study architecture.

Jonathan Spindel, director of PhilaU’s engineering programs, said the event provided a perfect opportunity to attract many highly motivated high school students to campus and to show off the programs the University offers.

“PhilaU is in growth mode for STEM disciplines,” he said. “Building on a solid foundation in engineering and mechanical engineering, our students excel in project-centric experiences through classwork and industry-sponsored projects and programs. The STEM Innovators-in-Training experience fits perfectly within a model where disciplinary excellence is coupled to team-based, hands-on opportunities.”

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All class and Senior reviews – 2017

The Spring 2017 semester wrapped up with all class reviews for Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors. As well as individual reviews of our graduating Seniors. See below for all the stellar work!

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Architecture and Design Students’ Work on Display in Italian Embassy

Interior design student Sophia Warne-Rowe’s Versace fashion showroom accentuates circulation and movement through the use of flowing, curving forms.

Student Sophia Warne-Rowe’s “Versace” fashion showroom accentuates circulation and movement through the use of flowing, curving forms. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Philadelphia University architecture, interior design and interior architecture students currently have their work on display in the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., as part of the “Back from Italy” exhibition.

The event showcases designs, models and projects of students from across the country who have studied in Italy and the work of various Italian architects and artists in the United States.

Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Italy, in collaboration with the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy, the exhibition provides an opportunity to evaluate how living for a significant period of time exposed to Italian architecture, art and culture can have a lasting influence on future work.

For example, PhilaU interior design student Erica Lomando designed “Adagio,” a bookstore that emphasizes the ideals of ballet form; architecture student Daniel Bachelder’s adaptive reuse project “The Dugout” in the EUR district of Rome includes a market, incubator space and residential tower; and interior design student Sophia Warne-Rowe’s “Versace” fashion showroom accentuates circulation and movement through the use of flowing, curving forms.

“In the work displayed in the exhibit, we see the outcomes of the experiences of Rome,” said James Doerfler, director of PhilaU’s architecture programs and the Cheryl Smith, AIA, Chair for Architecture. “These student projects are respectful of the past, working with the urban conditions and environmental surroundings of their project sites. We see an energy in these projects that use analytical methods to understand the context and justify the formulation of the project.”

Madeleine Wilcox, PhilaU’s manager of international and domestic study away programs, said it’s inspiring to see how students’ projects, collaborations and experiences with a different culture opened up a world of possibilities.

“The exhibit is a testament to the profound impact of study abroad on the individual and the world around them,” she said.

“Back from Italy” runs until June 2.

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PhilaU iMBA Program Earns ACBSP Accreditation

ACSBP_Approved_cleanupThe Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has awarded Philadelphia University accreditation of its iMBA program.

ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the MBA program offered through the School of Business Administration meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP. Based on the Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence, ACBSP accreditation evaluates aspects of leadership, strategic planning, relationships with stakeholders, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials and educational support to determine whether or not the program offers a rigorous educational experience and demonstrates continuous quality improvement.

“Philadelphia University has shown their commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Chief Accreditation Officer Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Accreditation at ACBSP Conference 2017 in Anaheim, Calif., on June 26. “This accreditation is evidence that PhilaU is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students.”

ACBSP’s mark of distinction reflects global recognition of the quality of PhilaU’s iMBA program, said Philip Russel, dean of graduate studies.

“We are honored and excited to achieve this accreditation,” he said. “It’s a significant milestone and the result of dedication and commitment of our faculty and administration to deliver superior education and support system for our students. ACBSP accreditation assures students that the iMBA program is committed to teaching excellence, scholarship, innovation and continuous improvement and that they will graduate with core competencies and skills required to successfully compete and assume leadership roles in the global marketplace.”

Ronald Kander, executive dean of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, said achieving ACBSP accreditation is a testament to the quality and hard work of the School of Business Administration faculty and staff. “It is a validation of the unique value proposition the iMBA program offers to our graduate business students,” he said.

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Students Honored at 41st Annual Academic Awards Ceremony

Academic Awards Ceremony 2017

Philadelphia University recognized dozens of talented students at the 41st Annual Academic Awards Ceremony in the Gallagher Athletic Center on May 13.

Exceptional students received awards from the Office of Student Life, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, and the College of Architecture and the Built Environment.

STUDENT LIFE

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO STUDENT LIFE
Justin Grambor
Penelope Segura

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITY SERVICE
Kathleen Kessler

OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL STUDENT
Louise Sandstroem

SCHOOL OF CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN THE SCHOOL OF CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
Briana Jackson

OUTSTANDING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT AWARD
Amy D’Alessandro

SCPS SPIRIT OF CONTINUING STUDIES AWARD
Stephen Robertson

KANBAR COLLEGE OF DESIGN, ENGINEERING AND COMMERCE

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 

DELTA SIGMA PI AWARD
Michael Louden

OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT BY A SENIOR IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Lorianna Carlucci

PROFESSOR HORACE TOWNSEND STUDENT AWARD
Olivia Brown

AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION AWARD
Parisse Dawkins

PICPA OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD
Danya Haran

BECKER CPA COURSE SCHOLARSHIP
Maura Watts

JERRY GINSBERG AWARD
Natalie Fox

AAFA AWARD
Madeline Bill

SIEMENS PLM SCHOLAR
Lorianna Carlucci

GEORGE FELDENKREIS SCHOLAR
Nicole Braun

JOEL STERNBERG OUTSTANDING FASHION APPAREL MANAGEMENT STUDENT
Naomi Sampat

SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN GRAPHIC DESIGN
Aubrey Kohl

SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
Jasmine Mealy

SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ANIMATION
Maria Soledad Romero

OUTSTANDING STUDENT – FASHION DESIGN
Maria Balestino

OUTSTANDING STUDENT – TEXTILE DESIGN
Jessica Thies

OUTSTANDING STUDENT – ENGINEERING
Claudia Papola

OUTSTANDING STUDENT – TEXTILE MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY
Jessica Newman

PHI PSI AWARD
Jessica Newman

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF TEXTILE CHEMISTS AND COLORISTS AWARD
Alison Ervin

SURFACE DESIGN ASSOCIATION OUTSTANDING TEXTILE DESIGN STUDENT AWARD
Megan Onuskanych

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, HEALTH AND THE LIBERAL ARTS

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN HEALTH SCIENCES
Jennifer N. Smith

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN BIOCHEMISTRY/CHEMISTRY
Victoria Frisbie

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN BIOPSYCHOLOGY/PSYCHOLOGY
John (Colin) Long

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES
Sara Martino

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN PREMEDICAL STUDIES
Joshua Ledner

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN COMMUNICATION
Basima Beyah

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Linda Lin

CUNDELL PREMEDICAL AWARD FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE IN PRECEPTORSHIPS
Mahrukh Choudhary

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN LAW AND SOCIETY
Brianna Reese

PHILADELPHIA SECTION OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD
Emily Lindemuth

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN BIOLOGY
Shane McFoy

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
Lucas Marshall

DIANE A. PFALTZGRAFF AWARD FOR GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
Nicole Miehle
Priya Patel
Bryn Spezialetti

COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN INTERIOR DESIGN
Caitlin Bakofsky

PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY EXCELLENCE IN INTERIOR DESIGN AWARD
Taijsha Bailey

MEYER DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD
Rachel Thode

FACULTY DESIGN AWARD: SUSTAINABILITY IN ARCHITECTURE
Stephanie Dudak
Jason Trutner

FACULTY DESIGN AWARD: INNOVATION IN ARCHITECTURE
Jennifer McElroy

FACULTY DESIGN AWARD: LEADERSHIP IN ARCHITECTURE
Jason Jiang

AIA HENRY ADAMS CERTIFICATE
Jason Jiang

AIA HENRY ADAMS MEDAL
Iryna Gulin

ARCC KING MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN RESEARCH
Abigail Gall

THE HELEN MCGOLDRICK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Athena Kreiger

EXCELLENCE IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Melissa Garcia

OLIN PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE SCHOLARSHIP AND DESIGN
Kathryn Miller

ASLA DESIGN EXCELLENCE (HONOR AWARD)
Kathryn Miller

ASLA DESIGN EXCELLENCE (MERIT AWARD)
Penelope Segura

OLMSTED AWARD IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Kathryn Miller

GENERAL BUILDING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION AWARD IN CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
Daniel Duku

EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCH
Keith Jones

EXCELLENCE IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE AWARD SPONSORED BY MEYER
Sally Dankner

EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AWARD
Patrick Isaac

EXCELLENCE IN CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, GRADUATE LEVEL AWARD
Taryn Gruber

CABE AWARD IN NEXUS VALUES
Maram Moushmoush
Dominique Waldrup
Nikhil Varghese
Dhruvi Ranpura

OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN GEODESIGN
Jazmin Kimble

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Alumni, Ali Doucette, named the 2017 AIGA Philadelphia Fresh Award Winner!

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The Fresh Award celebrates one emerging designer who is creating stellar work and breaking boundaries in our local design community.

Ali Doucette graduated from Philadelphia University in 2013. Currently she is a Designer at J2 Design. Perviously she was worked with Karma, Two Paperdolls, DiSanto Design and Steve DeCusatis Design, all of whom are part of the larger PhilaU family.

"I definitely would not be where I am today without the network PhilaU gave me. Really using the network of professors and alumni was such a treasure and something that I'm so glad I didn't take for granted."

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The Graphic Design Communication program at PhilaU prepares students to enter the ever-changing landscape of the graphic design profession by teaching them to think as design strategists. Ali is the perfect example of this:

"I also felt like PhilaU really gave me the desire to always be inspired. We had a somewhat competitive class, but I had a group of classmates that were just genuinely inspired by work. We encouraged each other, and we're excited for each other. I think that helped me continue that way of thinking in my career—to always be excited and be inspired, that's how you create great work."

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