Monthly Archives: May 2014

PhilaU Opens New LaunchPad To Aid Student Entrepreneurs: WHYY Newsworks

PhilaU formally opened its new Blackstone LaunchPad program to help students realize their entrepreneurial goals, WHYY Newsworks reported May 20.  New graduates Colin Hansel and Morgan Gaumann, who started the surf- and snowboard company Rodeo Bird for their senior industrial …

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High-End Sweatpants Innovative Concept, PhilaU’s Nioka Wyatt Says: NBC10

A modern take on sweatpants that are fitted but still comfortable is “a really innovative concept,” Nioka Wyatt, associate professor of fashion merchandising and management, said in an NBC10 story about the new line by Sweat Tailor.  Especially for students and young …

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PhilaU Pre-Med LAX Star Awarded Fulbright Research Grant: KYW Newsradio, CBSPhilly

Libby Nichols, a pre-medical studies major and NCAA conference player of the year in lacrosse, was awarded a prestigious Fulbright research grant to study brain injuries in young soccer players from heading the ball, KYW Newsradio and CBSPhilly reported May …

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PhilaU Officially Opens Blackstone LaunchPad to Empower Student Entrepreneurs: NBC10

Philadelphia University celebrated the official opening of its Blackstone LaunchPad initiative to nurture student entrepreneurs on May 14, NBC10 reported May 16.  PhilaU LaunchPad director Zoe Selzer McKinley and graduating seniors Colin Hansel and Morgan Gaumann, who created a new …

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PhilaU Celebrates Extraordinary Class of 2014 at Commencement

“I’m ready to take what I’ve learned here, at PhilaU, into the professional world,” said architecture student David Trapp. “I can’t wait to see what’s next!” More than 760 undergraduate and graduate students shared in Trapp’s excitement at Philadelphia University’s …

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Blackstone LaunchPad Fosters New Business Ventures on Campus

Industrial design seniors Colin Hansel and Morgan Gaumann had an idea for an action sports company that designs snowboards and surfboards with greater maneuverability. The partners began RodeoBird to complete their senior thesis project, and now plan to pursue the …

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Academic Award Ceremony Honors Student Excellence

Philadelphia University recognized more than 50 talented students at the 38th Annual University Academic Award Ceremony in the Gallagher Athletic Center auxiliary gym on May 10. Exceptional students received awards from the Office of Student Life, the School of Continuing …

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PhilaU Recognizes Outstanding Educators at 2014 Faculty Reception

Philadelphia University honored members of its faculty for their hard work and commitment to academic excellence at the 2014 Faculty Reception on May 9 in the Gallagher Athletic Center auxiliary gym. President Stephen Spinelli Jr., Ph.D., presented awards to several …

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PhilaU alumna offers custom clothing designs in Philadelphia: Philly.com

Philadelphia University fashion design alumna Bianca De Pietro ’10 was featured in a May 16 story on Philly.com. The 25-year-old opened Toile, a custom atelier featuring in-house clothing designs, on Frankford Avenue less than a year ago. De Pietro told Philly.com that …

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Fashion merchandising and management faculty member Nioka Wyatt addresses high-end sweatpants market: CSNPhilly.com

Philadelphia University fashion merchandising and management faculty member Nioka Wyatt was featured in a May 15 CSNPhilly.com story on the expansion of a high-end sweatpants company, Sweat Tailor, to boutique retailers in Philadelphia this fall. Wyatt said the sweatpants “could …

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