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3 | Wendy West Santana ‘83 4 | Ginny Palmieri M‘95 5 | Julianne Peters ‘15 6 | Janice Ruskey Maiden ‘81 IT TAKES A VILLAGE

7 | The Alumni Scholarship Fund 8 | Global Medical Brigades The Search Society

9 | Staff Donor Profile: Tom Becker 10 | Echo Design Group, Inc. 11 | Alumni Donor Profile: Bill Finn ‘67 Jefferson-East Falls Advancement Councils


12 | Dorothea Lang Term Chair in Midwifery

13 | Amanda Weko Family Term Chair for Architecture

14 | Robert J. Reichlin High-

Performance Apparel Term Chair

15 | Cheryl A. Smith, AIA, Chair for Architecture


16 | Athletics 18 | Events 22 | Class Notes 24 | Day of Giving FALL 2017 ALUMNI UPDATE & IMPACT REPORT

East Falls Campus 4201 Henry Avenue, Phila., PA 19144-5497 215.951.2700 | Chancellor: Stephen Spinelli Jr., Ph.D. Assistant Vice President for Development Operations: Tracie Burruel Assistant Vice President for Major Gifts and Planned Giving: Michael S. Molloy Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations: Robert J. Skomorucha Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving: Melissa Garonzik Editor: Trish Shea Senior Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations: Patricia M. Baldridge M’15 Innovator Alumni Update & Impact Report is produced by the Office of Marketing and Public Relations in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Advancement. Feedback about this issue can be sent to Innovator Alumni Update & Impact Report, 4201 Henry Avenue, Phila., PA 2 • FALL 2017 19144.

The theme of the 2017 Innovator Alumni Update & Impact Report—Common Threads— reflects an academic institution with its origins in textiles. The first threads were woven in 1884 by Theodore C. Search, whose vision was to change America’s capacity to compete in the global textile industry by uniting industry leaders, workers and students in an academic setting. Search recognized that thriving in a competitive economy meant embracing change and driving innovation. This made us revolutionary in 1884 as the Philadelphia Textile School, and that spirit still guides us in East Falls today as Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).

Dear fellow alumni and friends, Today, we obviously live in a world far removed from the one encountered by the University’s first graduates. Yet, our students, alumni and benefactors share common threads with these pioneers: They are hardworking, innovative and entrepreneurial. Most notably, like their Textile “forefathers,” the world into which our students graduate is complex, increasingly global and full of difficult challenges. A key to ensuring that we retain and build on our leadership position for the next 133 years is the capacity of the University community—faculty, staff, alumni, educational partners, industry leaders, students and devoted benefactors—to embrace change, be guided by an audacious vision and be inspired, not constrained, by our proud history. This is how we will shape the future. As you read this publication, you’ll notice the myriad connections between students and supporters. Such is the case of Vivian Cooper ’17, who had the opportunity as a student to follow her dream to be a fashion designer thanks to the financial support of a scholarship from the Echo Design Group, Inc. Then there’s the story of alumna Janice Ruskey Maiden ’81, who remains

DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI RELATIONS OFFICE = OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT In order to best serve our alumni and generous supporters, the Philadelphia University Development and Alumni Relations Office is integrating with the Jefferson Office of Institutional Advancement. For now, this signifies a new name. Your dedicated Alumni Relations team and Development staff will remain on the East Falls campus and continue to serve as your voice and platform for alumni engagement, news and events. Cover photo of Vivian Cooper ‘17 by Gary Schempp

engaged with our students and faculty in ways that personify Nexus Learning at its best. These are only two of the many stories of alumni and benefactors who unite to support our students with the knowledge, experiences and confidence they need to take on today’s toughest obstacles and capitalize on the most exciting opportunities. Your legacy as members of our University community motivates and empowers our students to lead, innovate and inspire—all the things necessary to make the world a better place. In that way and many more, you remain a crucial thread in the ever-changing, ever-growing fabric that our founder began weaving so long ago. For that, you have my gratitude. Warm regards,

Eileen Martinson ’86 Co-chair, Jefferson Academic Board Member, Thomas Jefferson University Board of Trustees Chair, Board of Trustees, Philadelphia University

BOARD OF TRUSTEES, PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY Eileen Martinson ’86 Chair D. Walter Cohen H’12 A. Louis Denton Anthony J. DiElsi ’79 Orlando C. Esposito ’80 Donna Nicoletti Ferrier ’80 William A. Finn ’67 First Vice Chair Bryant Greene M’96 Estefano Isaias, Sr. ’69 William L. Jasper Carson Kressley H’13 Liong Keng Kwee ’68, H’17 Robert C. Lockyer ’68 John H. Mantas ’76 Edward P. Marram Christopher K. McHugh ‘86 Handsel B. Minyard Andrew J. Morrisroe ’96, M’99 Robert L. Nydick, Jr. ‘78, H’13 John Oughton III ’71

Virginia Palmieri M’95 David R. Rea Arthur H. Rubenstein L. Tadd Schwab ’75 Allen Sirkin ’64, H’10 Stephen Spinelli, Jr., Ph.D. Andrew J. Vecchione ’72 Anthony J. Vitullo, Jr. ’97 Larry A. Wittig Christina Wong ‘08 Clarence Wooten Emeritus Trustees George T. Downs III ’63, H’16 Harold R. Ronson ’51 William C. Whitmore, Jr. ’82,H’14 Honorary Trustee Raymond E. Ix


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Wendy knew she finally reached her career goal: working in the women’s apparel industry in a metropolitan area. Over the next 17 years, she was promoted to production manager, senior production manager, sales manager, senior sales manager, vice president, and finally to her current role as executive vice president of sales. Wendy expanded her product knowledge to include plus sizes, maternity and children’s apparel.

WENDY WEST SANTANA’s (’83) presentday success derived from early-life influences involving summers spent at her grandmother’s clothing boutique in Atlantic City. This experience led her to make a career-altering decision while still in college. After completing her sophomore year in 1981 as a social work major at Penn State, Wendy transferred to Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (PCT&S). She switched her major to apparel management, which allowed her to study both the creative and business side of the fashion industry. Upon graduating in 1983, Wendy was hired to work for an intimate apparel company in Cortland, NY. Despite the fact that Cortland was not where she dreamed of living and working, she admits it was worth it. “If I didn’t accept this position, I would never have ended up where I am today.” Eventually, Wendy landed a job as a production manager at New Age Intimates, a larger intimate apparel company in Long Island City, Queens. “This job was closer to my ultimate goal of working in the city,” she explains. “This role really ‘raised’ me.” Wendy had the the opportunity to work in factories in Haiti, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, where she built a broader understanding of production and the product life cycle. She stayed with New Age for 12 years. In 1999, she was hired as a production manager at Oxford Industries, a women’s and men’s company headquartered in Atlanta, GA, with a division in New York City.

In 2017, Wendy received the University’s Alumni Award for Leadership in the Fashion Industry at the annual Fashion Show.

In 2006, Oxford’s women’s division, Oxford Collections, was acquired by Li & Fung, a complete supply chain company specializing in women’s, special sizes, men’s, children’s and swimwear apparel. Wendy has remained connected to her alma mater and recently hosted a Dinner with the Rams (top photo left), which connects current students with successful alumni. Fashion design, fashion merchandising and management, and global fashion enterprise students were invited to New York City for a private dinner with Wendy, who shared her business experiences, while also having an open discussion about fashion and trends within the industry. She imparted valuable advice and life lessons to the students on their journey to careers in apparel management. “Factory experience is a must,” says Wendy. “Get into a factory, even if you are in design or fabric development or sales; it’s important to understand the product life cycle. It will give you the edge over your competition.” Secondly, she urges students to take advantage of all the opportunities that are presented to them. “Even if it is not the perfect job and what you dreamed of, learn what you can from it and then move on. One day the path will end where you want to be. You just didn’t know the road you were going to take to get there.” But above all, she stresses that you have to love what you do. “It’s a fast, unforgiving industry. In order to thrive in your career, make sure you love what you do. And when it gets tough, remember why you got into it in the beginning.”




MY CHILDREN NEED TO SEE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO SUPPORT EDUCATION. With more than 25 years of diverse experience in strategy, marketing, human resources, operations and communications management, Ginny Palmieri M’95, vice president of specialty services for Independence Blue Cross, is often approached for words of wisdom culled from years of experience and personal engagement. When asked what advice she would offer her fellow University alumni, her reply is simple: “Get involved, get involved, get involved.” Since earning her MBA in 1995, Ginny has served in numerous leadership positions at her alma mater. While a member of the Alumni Leadership Council (the former Alumni Board), she helped establish the Time, Talent and Treasure Award and presided as the award event chair in 2002 and 2004. In 2009, she joined the Philadelphia University Board of Trustees and still participates as an active member on the Legacy Board. Ginny’s efforts have been recognized over the years. During the 2005 Homecoming Weekend, she won the Dr. William H. Hughes ’33 Memorial Award for her commitment to the advancement of scholarship and human development at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). Three years later, she was presented with the Time, Talent and Treasure Award. What has endeared her to students and what she finds most rewarding is the leadership she provides through internships, recruitment assistance and employment opportunities. She is regarded as a role model, whose advice and guidance have inspired future professionals to lead and achieve. As a member of the executive committee of the University’s School of Business Administration Advisory Board, she frequently mentors students, consults with faculty and serves as a keynote speaker for business leadership classes, including a recent appearance at the University’s chapter of the National Business Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta, where she shared how being “real” can lead to success in one’s professional and personal life. Recently, Ginny became a member of the Tapestry Society, a recognition given to donors who provide for the University’s future through a bequest, charitable trust, gift annuity, gift of retirement plan assets, life insurance or other estate plans. Ginny hopes her financial legacy will serve as an example to alumni, as well as her children.

“Being a Tapestry Society member is about reinforcing a lifetime of learning,” says Ginny. She stresses the significance of giving to her children, specifically how she has named the University in her will. “My children need to see how important it is to support education.”

As a new member of the Tapestry Society, Ginny joins alumni and donors, who provide for the University’s future through a bequest, charitable trust, gift annuity, gift of retirement plan assets, life insurance or other estate plans. Tapestry Society members create a meaningful legacy for present and future generations at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). To support the University and show your Ram Pride through Tapestry Society membership, contact Michael S. Molloy by phone at 215.951.0254 or via email at

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“Ginny’s generosity is advancing the education and preparation of the next generation of professionals,” says Mike Molloy, Assistant Vice President for Major Gifts and Planned Giving. “She hopes her example will inspire and motivate others, and that’s better for everyone.”



JULIANNE PETERS ’15, an interior designer at Hellyer Lewis, Inc. and current chair of Jefferson-East Falls Campus First 5 Council, definitely walks to the beat of her own drum. Whether it is designing her minor concentration in entrepreneurship as an interior design major or creating a dinosaur-filled research lab for her thesis, Julianne has written her own narrative. During high school, Julianne was fascinated by spatial relationships in the built environment and enjoyed exploring urban planning, architecture, interior design and engineering. She eventually discovered her passion was the core focus of interior design. “I like that interior design involves many disciplines—art, psychology, science, business, history, sociology and more. It is a good major for someone like me, who has varied interests,” states Julianne. As an interior design student, Julianne was a member of numerous clubs and organizations: IIDA Campus Center Co-President; College of Architecture and the Built Environment Advancement Council Student Representative and the Dean’s Student Leadership Council; numerous honors societies; Asian Cultural Association; and the Future Alumni Association, to name a few. She credits the University for helping her cultivate her personal and professional drive. “Every experience I had in college,” Julianne explains, “helped me to do more, think deeper and constantly create. I was also surrounded by so much enthusiasm and passion for design that I pushed myself to work harder at building an even more creative mind.” Julianne also attributes much of her success to the dedicated faculty at the University. She recalls how one of her professors, Lisa Phillips, associate professor of interior design (recently named one of the most admired Interior Design professors in the country by DesignIntelligence), always appreciated “my craziest design ideas.” Another professor and fellow alumna, Crystal Russell ’09, shared her own academic experiences with Julianne for creating a work-life balance. Julianne remains engaged with her alma mater especially by volunteering on the First 5 Council, a group of alumni who graduated in the past five years. She began her affiliation with the council while a student, and now helps foster the transition of students to active alumni by providing leadership and support. Julianne knows the value of networking and staying connected to fellow alumni. “When I learned of the First 5 Council as a student, I knew that this would be a great way to give back to my peers and current students, just as it had been for me,” states Julianne. “The First 5 Council can help lay the groundwork for fruitful relationships for alumni from both schools.” She is especially excited about the newly combined University and the enhanced opportunities the combination will afford alumni and students.

“For new grads, their alumni organization is their first professional network,” notes Julianne. “Our First 5 Council is the common ground we stand on. These are the people who will be our colleagues in industry, who will be our collaborators, and who will be a resource for support and growth. The alumni network is like a family that will be an asset and a joy that you can always rely on.”



JANICE RUSKEY MAIDEN’s (‘81) love of engineering began during her childhood. Even at an early age, she had a knack for tinkering with mechanics and devices, including an old bicycle that she would take apart and reassemble. Majoring in engineering in college was a given. Although Jan was accepted to several universities, it was a visit to the campus of Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science that convinced her this was a good fit. “This is where I was introduced to innovation; I saw students working directly on fibrous structures and composite materials,” recalls Jan. “I knew immediately that this place of ‘textile’ was my future.”


Janice Ruskey Maiden ’81 attributes much of her success as an engineer, business leader and inspirational mentor to her deep and collaborative relationship with Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).

Graduating with a B.S. in Textile Engineering, she began her career as a materials engineer and R&D manager researching rocket nozzle material characteristics and composite material development for marine and aerospace markets. Her work included exposing space-simulated vibrations to unmanned satellites, understanding their effect, and replacing heavy metals with highperformance, lightweight materials. Bentley-Harris recruited Jan as a senior engineer responsible for global technology and product development when she was expecting her third child, and her husband had just co-founded a start-up. Thus, was the beginning of a long and successful career with what is now Federal-Mogul Powertrain, a $3 billion global supplier of products and services to the automotive, aerospace and industrial markets. Jan is widely respected for her ability to nurture a culture of teamwork in an innovative environment. Through her leadership, Federal-Mogul has gone through a significant geographic expansion, new product introductions, and increased sales and profitability. She has also received industry recognition by being selected to the “100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry” by Automotive News in both 2010 and 2015. As someone who believes in the power of education, Jan earned a master’s in business and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a global

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management certificate from the prestigious INSEAD University in Fontainebleau, France. Recently, she completed a global leadership program at Harvard Business School. Jan now invests much of her time mentoring the next generation of leaders at the new Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). This includes supporting student internships, collaborative development projects, technology share, employee recruitment and a unique student innovation competition sponsored by FederalMogul—the Federal-Mogul Powertrain

Industry Challenge—now in its eighth year. Her inspirational leadership and commitment to innovation are clear in all aspects of her life. In 2015, the University awarded her the Leader of Innovation Medal presented to accomplished individuals who have made significant contributions that better society and shine a light on the impact of innovation.



Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) is fortunate to have many exceptional students pass through its doors. In many cases, financial aid plays an integral role by helping students afford a world-class, professional education. Thanks to the generous alumni who contribute to the Alumni Scholarship Fund, these meritorious scholarship recipients are well on their way to successful careers. OSCAR NUNEZ-LOPEZ ‘19, a marketing major, is a collaborator, who recently had an opportunity to apply his studies to work with two very different teams. In spring 2017, Oscar participated in the 2017 Federal-Mogul Powertrain Industry Challenge. Federal-Mogul, an American supplier and manufacturer of products for a variety of industries, tasked the students with developing a concept and proposal to re-purpose one of its existing products, a conductive woven, to a new market. The team needed to create a solution that would maximize sales. Their solution: a secure roofing structure known as Pinpoint Leak Detection, which alerts building owners to breaches or damage to the roofing structure prior to costly leaks. The team won the challenge and Oscar appreciated the real-world experience the challenge presented. “I like to see what appeals to people and understand what the consumer wants,” says Oscar. Oscar also volunteered with a different kind of team—the city’s professional soccer team, the Philadelphia Union—where he combined his love of soccer and business in assisting players during games, coordinating photographers and media crew during matches, and providing accurate game-day information to the broadcast producer. These team experiences have given him career direction, and serve as examples he hopes to share with his younger family members. “One thing I learned is if you put your mind to it, you can do anything.”

LEAH KAPLAN ‘19 (pictured right), an international business and accounting major with a minor in law and society, admits that her father knows best. As the daughter of a legacy, David Kaplan ’83, Leah grew up hearing of Philadelphia University from her father’s experiences, but never thought about applying to the University until she began looking at colleges. “I had gone to a large high school and wanted a smaller college environment, where I knew I would be able to grow at my own pace and connect well with faculty. My choice seemed obvious.” And grown she has. Leah’s list of accomplishment reads like the credentials of someone twice her age: president for National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi); fundraising chair for National Honor Society (Alpha Lambda Delta); Big Brothers Big Sisters member; member of DECA; member of the University’s Hillel; campus Rambassador; and Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) graduate. Leah acknowledges how others have helped her along her academic journey. “My college experience has opened my eyes to so many opportunities, which I would not have received anywhere else,” states Leah. “I have found my home here and am so grateful for everyone who made this happen for me.”




GLOBAL MEDICAL BRIGADES. Twenty-five undergraduate students from Jefferson’s (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) Global Medical Brigades traveled to the rural towns of Morocelí and Potrerillos in Honduras this past spring as part of an immersion program focused on addressing the lack of quality health care for a significant portion of the country’s population. The brigade provided basic medical and dental treatment to 655 individuals, distributed

hygiene packs, donated clothes, built ecostoves for families and taught an elementary school about the importance of recycling. At the rural health clinics, the 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, vital signs procedures, dental and gynecology procedures, and the intensity of the clinical doctor-patient, problem-solving mechanism.

THE SEARCH SOCIETY. Established in 2011, the Theodore C. Search Society recognizes individuals who demonstrate leadership through philanthropy. Named in honor of Philadelphia University’s founder, the Search Society is the institution’s most prestigious donor society, honoring the steadfast commitment of the institution’s most loyal supporters. Donors who contribute $1,000 or more (or $100+ for recent graduates) during the fiscal year automatically become Search Society members. This year, the Ralph A. Stanziola ’53 Award was established with a Search Society gift from Mr. Stanziola’s family. The award is presented to graduating senior engineering students based on outstanding capstone projects/presentations. The inaugural award was presented to Remy Victoria ’17 and Gianna Bliss ’17 at a special award ceremony. “As the student with the highest overall GPA in engineering, Gianna demonstrated incredible dedication to academic achievement and excellence in scholarly pursuits,” says Jonathan Spindel, director of 8 • FALL 2017

In preparation for the journey, students raised funds to support program costs and airfare. They also collected donations to purchase medicine and fill the hygiene packs with toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, combs, shampoo, soap and more. Students appreciated the support from the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts alumni, who generously contributed $3,000 toward the medical and dental supplies provided in these packs.

the engineering program (pictured with students). “She is an exemplary student and professional presence in our program.” Jonathan holds equal admiration for Remy. “As an active member and executive of the Engineering Club, Remy provides leadership and guidance to the program.” This year, 274 Search Society members gave more than $4 million to support scholarships, academic programs, capital projects, athletics and more.

An electronic version of The Search Society Honor Roll of Donors was delivered this year. If you did not receive your copy or if you wish to join the Search Society, contact Melissa Garonzik, director of alumni relations and annual giving, at 215.951.2186 or



Talk to Tom Becker, associate vice president for operations on the East Falls campus, about why he established the Becker Endowed Scholarship, the first endowed scholarship to support students at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), and one theme resonates—gratitude. Tom is grateful for the scholarship he received as a student from a faculty member who used his own personal funds to support meritorious students. He is grateful to serve as the leader of the office who directs design and maintenance of award-winning learning environments for thousands of students for almost three decades. And, most important, he is grateful for the opportunity to express his commitment to the student-centric mission of the new comprehensive university.

Top right photo: First row (l-r): daughter-in-law Julia Becker, wife Jackie Becker, granddaughter Lena Marie Becker, daughter Janine (Becker) Somers; second row (l-r): son Tom M. Becker, Tom and son-in-law Dave Somers.

Photo: Gary Schempp

“Donations to scholarships illustrate there are many people who understand that our mission is about the students,” says Tom. “We need to show our commitment to the University’s future and provide the means to attract students who are going to work hard and make us proud.” Coincidentally, initial support of the scholarship began as a form of gratitude to Tom in appreciation of his volunteer assistance in conducting a comprehensive report to improve the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of several fitness clubs. He created a statistical benchmarking model for the clubs. Utilizing proven techniques derived from the campus’s energy conservation and sustainability initiatives, Tom drafted a model and outlined recommendations that focused more specifically on the true opportunities that could help the fitness clubs streamline energy usage and reduce costs. THE SCHOLARSHIP Tom oversees facility upgrades, maintenance, new construction, capital procurements and renovations, and each

year, student interns and work-study assistants are hired to assist in the office. As a result, it is important to Tom that a work ethic component is considered in addition to financial need and academic merit during the selection process. “This scholarship is about more than need or achievements,” notes Tom. “It is to benefit students, who have a strong work ethic, while also deeply committed to their studies.” He also wants the scholarship to be a family affair (photo above of Tom with his family). “I didn’t want it to be the Thomas Becker Scholarship,” Tom says. “This University has been a family experience; my wife and I have contributed to the University for many years, and my daughter, Janine, is an alumna and former varsity athlete. So the scholarship really represents at least two generations of Beckers, who have been a part of this University. It just seems more appropriate for the scholarship to represent the entire family.” Tom also wants to make a “symbolic” gesture to his colleagues. “Fundraising is about leadership showing the campus community that we understand the significance of supporting students,” says Tom, “especially at a significant period in the University’s history as it unites two institutions into one.” But the most rewarding aspect for Tom is that his life has come full circle, and he is now providing scholarships to the next generation of students. The first Becker Family Scholarship will be awarded Fall 2018.





Steven Roberts, CEO of Echo Design Group, Inc. and a third-generation member of the family-run business, knows that while education is a vehicle to future success, the keys to that vehicle are provided through financial support of the next generation of fashion and textile professionals. Echo Design maintains a close relationship with Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). The Echo Design Group, Inc. Award for Excellence in Design acknowledges and rewards design and textile students, who have a serious commitment to their chosen profession and demonstrate success in their field of study. Echo Design also invites students to visit their New York City office each year to experience first-hand the “business of the business.” Steven is proud to be a part of the University’s textile and design programs. “Our involvement with students through scholarships and class projects has been mutually rewarding and beneficial,” he says. “Our relationships and interchanges with faculty are always enriching and eye-opening.” As a result, Echo Design continues to hire numerous well-qualified University students, who he says have become valuable leaders and contributors. In the 2016-2017 academic school year, Vivian Cooper ’17 became the tenth student to earn a scholarship from Echo Design. “Vivian is an exceptional talent...she is both an extremely skilled designer and a smart, collaborative, strategic thinker,” notes Sheila Connelly, fashion design program director. “She was a top talent in the Class of 2017 and one of the most well-liked students. The sky is the limit for her as she begins her career in the work force. I know she will make us proud.” Silvia Carroll, director of human resources at Echo Design, agrees. “Vivian is a very thoughtful and talented designer with an appreciation for textile and surface design.

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She is poised and can speak about her craft and techniques in an articulate and impressive manner. She represents Echo’s brand values.”

Los Angeles (UCLA), and were selected from an original pool of some 600 students nationwide.

With the financial support from the Echo Scholarship and the moral support from both the Roberts family and the faculty in the University’s state-of-the-art Fashion and Textiles Futures Center (FTFC), Vivian competed in a YMA Association competition. The YMA, which consists of fashion industry leaders and promotes education of the fashion arts and business through internships, mentorships and career programs, sponsors an annual YMA Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship competition. This prestigious competition, along with its industry-based board, provides an extraordinary network that encompasses every leading apparel company in New York.

Vivian and her fellow finalists were challenged to design a product that adhered to a mass retailer’s sustainable business objectives, while remaining consistent with the retail price of comparable products in the designated store. Her case study, which she proposed for Target, would create a private-label, junior swim and beachwear line made from recycled plastic bottles. Known as Full Circle, the business would partner with Repreve, a company that turns recycled plastics into fibers used to create unique fabrics.

Student competitors hailed from Philadelphia University, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University and University of California at

Additionally, the fashion line would engage communities to support the Full Circle Movement as a way to continuously support sustainability. “The brand would get Target employees out into the communities and, in turn, invite communities to get involved in the bigger mission behind the line, which is to reduce pollution in our oceans,” explains Vivian. On January 12, 2017, Vivian received an unprecedented top award of $35,000 at the YMA Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner in New York. Marc Mastronardi, chair of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund committee and executive vice president of business development at Macy’s, presented the inaugural award in front of a packed ballroom of 1,500 industry leaders, educators and students. Marc says Vivian was the unanimous choice of the judges. “I am beyond humbled and honored by this amazing award,” says Vivian, “…it will open up doors in the industry, and I look forward to what the future holds.”

Photo by Gary Schempp

Echo Design Group, Inc. was founded in 1923 by Edgar and Theresa Hyman as Echo Scarves and expanded to accessories, bags, beachwear and home design, always drawing inspiration from New York City for dazzling colors, patterns and textures.



BILL FINN ’67 has always had a love for “making things.” As a child, he recalls accompanying his father every Saturday morning to the familyowned woolen mill. These visits endeared him to the family’s textile legacy, which dates back three generations. Bill always knew he was destined to follow his father and grandfather into the textile industry. When looking for a college that offered textile engineering, Bill discovered Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (PCT&S). While he found the program robust, it was the people who helped him make his decision. “Everyone was so warm, welcoming and encouraging; I knew this was where I wanted to be.” During college, Bill secured part-time employment and a summer internship at Asten-Hill Manufacturing Company, a specialty textile manufacturer located near the East Falls campus. After finishing graduate school in 1972, he accepted a position at AstenHill, where he has held numerous leadership positions at various locations. In 1984, Bill was named president and CEO (he retired in 2006).

JEFFERSONEAST FALLS ADVANCEMENT COUNCILS: ENRICHING THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE Having access to real-world learning, connections and experiences is an integral part of the student experience and the principles behind Nexus Learning (active, collaborative, real-world learning, infused with the liberal arts). This approach is the University’s Advancement Councils’ fundamental mission. These volunteer groups of key alumni and industry leaders focus on guiding curriculum and providing industry engagement for students in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, and Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce.

While his work took him all over the world, Bill never lost his connection to PCT&S. After attending the 2007 Homecoming, he met with Chancellor Stephen Spinelli, Jr., Ph.D., who explained the development of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce’s (DEC) program focused on bringing together transdisciplinary teams of design, engineering and business students. Bill immediately grasped the principle of DEC as he had witnessed that most of his best employees were those who understood and appreciated the value of the integration of business and design principles into their thinking, focal points of the DEC curriculum. “Today’s successful engineers must possess a deep understanding of design and business,” believes Bill. Because he received financial support in order to attend college, Bill knows firsthand how the generosity of others can make a difference in the life of a student. He and his wife, Prudence, support the Sigma Phi Epsilon Scholarship, the Carolina Alumni Scholarship, and the recently established William A. Finn ’67 Scholarship. Last year, he contributed a matching gift incentive for the Day of Giving. Bill has also designated the University in his estate plans.

In addition to charitable support, Bill assisted with planning Homecoming and the 50th Anniversary of his Sigma Phi Epsilon Brothers. He is a long-standing member of the Philadelphia University Board of Trustees and has accepted a position on the Thomas Jefferson University Board of Trustees. Bill believes in the importance of commitment and involvement within a community, and is actively engaged and has held leadership positions in many community organizations, including Trident United Way, Turning Leaf Project, South Carolina Educational Television, Charleston Regional Development Alliance and South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. He is also an active member of the Chief Executives Organization and the Young Presidents Organization. Above all, Bill believes it is his responsibility to nurture the character and capability of the next generation of leaders and has mentored 92 undergraduates over the past decade. “In order to grow top talent for the future, it’s important that our young leaders have personal mentors,” says Bill. “Leaders are grown by the lessons of the ‘classroom,’ and the lessons of experience gleaned from significant relationships built with senior leaders. That is our legacy.”



George Athens, AIA Managing Principal, Smith Group JJR Karen Blanchard ’98, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Principal, SITIO architecture + urbanism Kimberly Bombery-Smith ’94 Senior Director Workplace Strategy, Knoll, Inc. Philip Borst ’97 Principal, Scungio Borst & Associates Wayne Broadfield, III ’00, AIA, LEED GA, GGP Associate Associate, MV+A Architects Jonathan Bykowski ’02, AIA, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Principal and Practice Leader, Array Advisors Jim Camp Managing Director, Gensler Lisa Casiello ’85, ASID, NCIDQ President, CD & Associates, Inc. Brian Corcodilos ’13 Principal, Designblendz LLC Cecelia Denegre, AIA, IIDA Senior Director of Architecture Project Delivery Group, Temple University Erike DeVeyra ’09, Assoc. AIA Project Designer, CICADA Architecture Alex Dews M’10 Executive Director, Delaware Valley Green Building Council Rosemary Espanol President, IEI Group, Ltd. Thomas Falvey President, T N Ward CompanyBuilders William Fisher, AIA, LEED-AP Senior Project Manager, Liberty Property Trust Anton Germishuizen Senior Vice President, Buildings, Stantec

John W. Ackler, CFA ’92 Senior Vice President, Brown Brothers Harriman Deanna Amorello ’02, M’04 Director, Product Development, Waterworks Mary Lynne Bercik ’90 Executive Director, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement, Technical Operations, Bioverativ Charles Bernier ’74 President and CEO, ECBM Salvatore A. Boccella, III ’83 Owner, The Goddard School Carole Borden ’82 Chief Executive Officer, CB Transportation Jim Cass ‘90 Senior Vice President & Managing Director, SEI Investments Eileen E. Chambers ’91 Vice President & Portfolio Manager, The Haverford Trust Company Andrew Cherry ’87 Partner, KPMG Tony DiElsi ’79 Executive Vice President Merchandising, Ross Stores Tracy-Gene G. Durkin, Esq. ’83 Director, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox James G. Geise ’89 Senior Account Executive Sales & Product Development, S. Lichtenberg & Co., Inc. Bryant M. Greene M’96 Owner and Administrator, Always Best Care Senior Services Marc Kantor President, Printers Apparel Corporation

Joseph W. Healy, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Managing Principal | Architect, WRT Julia H. Klein Chairwoman and CEO, C.H. Briggs Company Kenneth S. Kramer, AIA Principal, Francis Cauffman Patricia D. Malick, CHID, EDAC, NCIDQ, Lean Green Belt Principal and Practice Leader, Interior Design, Array Advisors Michael Manes President, M2L, Inc. Amy G. Manley, IIDA National Director | Workplace Strategies, Jacobs James Morrissey ’00 Principal, Morrissey Design, LLC Anthony Naccarato, PE, SECB President, O’Donnell & Naccarato, Inc. Kai Olsen ’96 Principal, HOK Michael Pilko President, RHJ Associates, P.C. Cheryl Smith, AIA, LEED AP (Chair) Principal, Cope Linder Architects LLC Peter Stubb Design Director, Principal, Gensler Michael Szura Principal/Vice President, Langan Edward Tannebaum, AIA President and Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Planning Initiatives, LLC Amanda Gibney Weko Owner, AGW Communications

Christine Kobeski ’86 Senior Director, Human Resources, Siemens Healthcare Kevin Kodz ’97 Owner, Classic Harley-Davidson Michael Louden ’89 Vice President of Sales, Enterprise Services - Northeast Division, Comcast Business Jan Ruskey Maiden ’81 Sr. Vice President Human Resources & Systems Protection, Federal-Mogul Powertrain Robert L. Nydick, Ph.D. ’78 (Chair) Professor, Management and Operations, Villanova University School of Business Salvatore J. Patti ’90 Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director, PNC Wealth Management Jerry Rosenau M’96 Professor Emeritus, Thomas Jefferson University Robert P. Smith ’76 President & CEO, IMARK Group, Inc. Mark A. Sunderland ’84, M’06 Director-MS Global Fashion Enterprise, BS Textile Material Technology, Thomas Jefferson University Jeannette Wistner ’94, M’99 Partner, Global Mobility Services, KPMG LLP Michael N. Zimmerman ’98 Vice President and Co-Owner, Sequinox



Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) is one of the few educational institutions in the United States to have a midwifery program as a distinct discipline. Established in 1996 through a strategic partnership between the University and the Institute for Midwifery, Women & Health, the program weaves tradition with technology, and provides pathways to increase the workforce of qualified midwives, who study through a flexible framework grounded in broad-based, collaborative learning.

changed the course of pregnancy care to focus more on the social determinants of health for mother and baby, and connecting a multidisciplinary cohort of perinatal professionals (pediatric, maternity, mental health and nutrition) to more collaboratively and effectively respond to the mother and child’s health needs. Cultivating midwifery leaders, who can design and deliver better, safer, nurturing experiences for women and babies, is the driving force behind the term chair and doctoral program development funded by the Foundation. Dana and Barbara look forward to future collaborations across Jefferson to leverage the power of design, medicine, nursing and population health to increase the impact and value of midwifery and women’s health care. And through their guidance and direction, Jefferson’s midwifery program will continue to support the increasingly important role midwives play to tackle the public health challenges of our time.

As director of the Midwifery Institute at Jefferson, Dana Perlman understands the need to educate a sustainable and competent health workforce prepared to bring high-quality care and better healthcare outcomes. Through her efforts, the University designed the first Master of Science in Midwifery program in the United States, a discipline-specific program that began as distance education even before the current trend in online education. Always on the cutting edge, the program integrates small group active learning into its distance learning format supported by two on-campus residencies for simulation and lab experience, and hands-on, communitybased clinical practice rotations. In order to meet the needs of the healthcare industry, the program recently expanded to include a Doctorate in Midwifery degree. In the 2017 fall semester, the program welcomed its first cohort to the fully online professional doctorate. Partial funding for the program expansion came via the generosity of the John and Frank Sparacio Charitable Foundation. Dana’s efforts to bring the doctorate to fruition were strongly encouraged by her mentor Dorothea Lang, a renowned pioneer in the field of midwifery. As a trustee of the John and Frank Sparacio Charitable Foundation, Dorothea recommended that the Foundation support Dana’s work and the growth of the midwifery program at Philadelphia University (now Jefferson). In addition to funding curriculum development, the Foundation supported the Dorothea Lang Term Chair in Midwifery, which was awarded to Barbara Hackley, an expert in the field and now an associate professor of midwifery at Jefferson, who was recruited to develop and expand the doctorate curriculum. Her credentials include not only significant publications and extensive teaching, but also work in a resiliency initiative in the Bronx, which 12 • FALL 2017

Today’s midwives provide care for women across the lifespan, mentor parents, promote healthy childhood development and serve as advocates for policies and programs that improve the wellbeing of women, children and families.

MIDWIFE MOBILE HEALTH PACKTM Last semester, another partnership emerged in an effort to address the needs of midwives working in rural areas around the world. The collaboration developed with the midwifery program and industrial design students who wanted to research, design and develop a mobile bag for midwives. Working with an industry partner, HERA Brand, Inc., the students created the Midwife Mobile Health Pack™, which was constructed to maximize the efficient delivery of high-quality home and community-based health care for midwives and others working in domestic and international, rural locations. The design process began with the students meeting with domestic and international midwives, discussing their daily routines and the challenges that they often encounter. The result: a traveling medical bag that is aesthetically pleasing, durable and functional, and features safety and mobility through its modular design; customizable storage; solar-powered, portable electronic device-charging technology; antimicrobial materials; and a waterproof rain cover. A prototype of the final product was displayed at the 2017 Verizon Philadelphia University Celebration of Innovation and introduced at the International Confederation of Midwives in Toronto, where it was well-received. Pictured (l-r): Todd Kramer (Industrial Design Assistant Professor); Matt Selnick ‘19; Dana Perlman (Midwifery Institute Director); Jordan Balencic (HERA CFO); Joey Newton ‘19; and Tessa Cruikshank (HERA CEO).

Photos: Gary Schempp





Collaboration is a way of life for students and faculty at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). This collaboration often intentionally includes industry partners and alumni, who work alongside educators to engage in scholarship and provide students with real-world experiences that sets them apart from their peers. Donald Dunham, associate director, Master of Architecture program, understands this collaboration well. In fact, he was selected to receive the Amanda Weko Family Term Chair for Architecture, a prestigious designation that provides support to advance research, innovative projects and program development, because of it.

Collaboration means an exchange of knowledge and expertise to benefit student projects, such as one that has received both financial and professional support from a dedicated friend.

Amanda Gibney Weko, founder and principal of AGW Communications and a member of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment Advancement Council, initiated the term chair, and says she’s pleased to support Donald’s work. Donald has chosen to use initial funding from the Chair to enhance the learning experience of his students. In the future, he plans to use financial support from the Chair to continue his research in architectural theory and technology.

To encourage thought and discussion, the publication features work that is curated around different chapters and organized so projects from any College program may be featured side-by-side. Amanda played an integral role in the publication’s development by providing critical guidance as SPACEWORK’s consulting editor. This joint commitment between a faculty member, students and an industry leader led to the publication’s success. “Donald and I have worked closely on SPACEWORK,” says Amanda. “Now in its fourth year, the book gives students an opportunity to learn about effective communication and discourse in the design professions, areas of focus in my own career. Donald’s patience, encouragement and expert guidance have empowered students to initiate and continue this publication.” Donald believes Amanda’s support was critical for the student endeavor to flourish by providing greater opportunity to blend course work with practice. “I’m truly humbled by this honor, to say the least,” says Donald. “To be awarded this term chair for architecture is an amazing accolade and a great opportunity for our students to expand their talents by showcasing their achievements.”

This year, however, Donald is particularly focused on the student-produced, annual design journal, SPACEWORK, which represents the ideal collaboration between students, faculty and industry. The idea for SPACEWORK originated with a group of fifth-year architecture students in 2014. The students believed that since they are encouraged to think about a range of architectural theories in their designs, they should have a publication that captures the wide range of creativity derived from their talent and academic experiences. They also hoped that SPACEWORK would help to initiate conversations within their class studios. Photo: Gary Schempp




Mark Sunderland ’84, M’06, textile engineering strategist and recipient of the Robert J. Reichlin High-Performance Apparel Term Chair, teaches a course in which students conceptualize and design highfunction knit structures. This past spring semester, two students, Regan Marriner ’17, M’19, a textile design major, and Jessica Newman ’17, a textiles materials technology major, put their best foot forward in footwear design thanks to the generous support from Mark’s term chair.

The footwear produced is fully customized using industry fabric technologies for athletic performance. The students’ attention to all components—from material testing and selection through production—allowed them to integrate all parts of the footwear construction to aid end-performance and design aesthetic. The final stage involved user testing to measure fit, function and comfort. Regan says the experience was like a dream come true.

As students in Mark’s advanced warp-knitting class, Regan and Jessica were challenged to explore and develop advanced warpknit structures for medical and sports implementation. With a focus on application and end-use, the students were tasked with creating functional footwear using cuttingedge material technology and design. Their goal was to fabricate a working pair of footwear that offers the best stability, drape, form, stretch, comfort, fit, function and fashionable aesthetic, while working with the intricacies and advantages of warpknit fabric construction, properties and characteristics. The students began their process with in-depth research and analysis to build a deeper understanding of warpknit structures, construction and unique characteristics. They used this information to select several materials for additional testing and experimented with digital dye-sublimation printing and evaluation. After determining fabrics, design, patterns and colors, the students fabricated soft flexible composites, integrating bonding methods to support functionality, fit and comfort. Support for the project came in multiple forms, including Mark’s term chair. Equally as important was the connection between the students and industry partners, who shared their expertise on how to design and craft the footwear. After final testing on shoe mold and material preparation in the lab on campus, Regan and Jessica headed to Brooklyn Shoe Space, where industry experts guided and instructed them through pattern, sewing, bonding, construction and sole attachment to create the finished product.

“As a student athlete and textile designer, my sneakers combine both of my passions into one project,” says Regan. “Professor Sunderland’s expertise and knowledge of both textiles and product development enabled me to design and build the most perfect pair of award-winning, high-top sneakers that are beautiful in both form and function.” The finished products received numerous awards, including the Verizon Innovation Award and the Nexus Collaboration Award. Additionally, the sneakers were featured at the 2017 Verizon Philadelphia University Celebration of Innovation.

Mark’s term chair award provided partial financial support for the fabrication of the sneakers. He also connected the students with industry partners, who shared their expertise on how to design and craft the shoes.

Pictured with Mark are Regan Marriner ‘17, M’19, (left), and Jessica Newman ‘17, holding their performance footwear creations.

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For Mark, the biggest reward is the gratification of knowing his students develop partnerships with and learn from industry experts in real-world settings. “Regan and Jessica broadened their understanding of warp-knit fabric construction, properties and characteristics, as well as fibers and yarns, including the interaction of the supply chain,” Mark says. “I’m thankful I can support the project through my term chair courtesy of Jon Reichlin’s generosity.”




Sometimes serendipitous meetings bring people together in the most unusual ways. Such is the case of Jim Doerfler and Cheryl Smith who, quite coincidentally, discovered upon their first meeting that they live in the same town, have a similar passion for high-performance building enclosures and sustainability, and are active in many of the same organizations and institutes. These connections led to a mutual respect, professional collaborations and a new term chair. It all began when executive dean of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment Barbara Klinkhammer connected with Cheryl while forming the College’s Advancement Council. Eventually, she introduced Cheryl to Jim. This planted the seed that would grow into a longtime friendship and professional network focused on developing Jefferson’s (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) architecture program and the students’ educational enrichment. Cheryl, a principal at Cope Linder Architects, a NELSON Brand, and chair of the College’s Advancement Council, recalls meeting Jim in 2013 when he was hired as the University’s new director of Architecture. “Jim is a wonderful and well-respected architect, professor and leader,” states Cheryl. “He has the experience of building a successful architectural program, which is a great opportunity for Philadelphia and the new Jefferson University.” It was his ability to mentor students and his approach to innovative technology that most impressed Cheryl and led her to establish the Cheryl A. Smith, AIA, Chair for Architecture, to support Jim’s efforts. “With technology as a constant disruptor in the architectural profession today, I’m know that with the term chair, Jim will continue to achieve innovative solutions, which help educate and develop students

“I have seen firsthand that Jim’s credentials are the real thing; his ability to recruit and develop young students into talented architects is awesome.” CHERYL SMITH Chair, College of Architecture & the Built Environment Advancement Council

to excel as talented future architects and leaders of our communities,” says Cheryl. “His teachings prepare students for real-life careers, and his knowledge in building performance and sustainability will embolden students to create healthier environments for everyone.” Cheryl and Jim share another interesting connection. Before his arrival to the University, Jim served as a faculty thesis advisor for a graduate student at California Polytechnic State University. Coincidentally, this student was also employed at Cheryl’s workplace, where she mentored and advised him. Years later, this same student is now a professional architect and teaches an architecture class at Jefferson. Cheryl is impressed with Jim’s ability to consistently provide students with the support they need to succeed both academically and professionally. “I have seen firsthand that Jim’s credentials are the real thing; his ability to recruit and develop young students into talented architects is awesome,” Cheryl says. Jim has a mutual respect and appreciation for Cheryl’s efforts to enrich the University’s

academic environment. “As the chair of the Philadelphia chapter of the Building Enclosure Council, Cheryl connected me with her local network and made things happen more quickly than I could have done on my own. She is a great supporter of the architecture program and the College, and I’m honored and thankful for this additional support,” says Jim. Jim calls the term chair a “very special gift” and looks forward to using the funding to continue to develop his research into transdisciplinary teamwork and façade design and technology, as well as to create innovative architectural education at Jefferson.


Almonte Drafted by Arizona Diamondbacks


The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Rams left hander Abraham (Abe) Almonte ’17 in the 26th round of the MLB draft, making Abe the first Rams player drafted since Alan Wawrzyniak and Shaun Babula in 1999. An All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference first-team pitcher in 2017, Abe led the conference with 71 strikeouts averaging 11.34 strikeouts per game. He finished the season with a 3-3 record and 2.40 ERA. In 56.1 innings, he struck out an impressive 71 batters while walking just 18. Abe was third in the conference in complete games and shutouts. In his three-year career with the Rams, Abe appeared in 33 games and posted a 9-6 overall record and the second-best earnedrun average of 2.40 in school history. He fanned 125 batters in 112 innings and threw the first no-hitter since 1999 on April 3, 2015, in a 7-0 victory over Lincoln University.

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NUMBER of student-athletes


STUDENT-ATHLETES named to the CACC All-Academic Team


Number of TEAMS that participated in their respective sports’ CACC playoff tournament (rowing does not compete in the conference)


Seiji Rose Named CACC Defensive Player of the Year

Women’s volleyball claimed its first conference championship and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

Men’s soccer center back Seiji Rose was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Division II Conference Commissioners Association Men’s Soccer All-East Region first team, and National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II All-East Region Men’s Soccer third team.

Women’s volleyball’s Courtney Wensel and Corinne Justus earned a place on the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association AllEast Region Women’s Volleyball second team. Men’s basketball head coach Herb Magee became the fourth coach in NCAA men’s basketball history to coach for 50 years, the third to coach all 50 years at the same school. On Dec. 1, 2016, he was the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference’s first recipient of the CACC Award of Distinction.

Women’s Cross Country

Men’s basketball freshman guard Kylan Guerra was selected as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Year.

The women’s cross country won the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference for a third straight year.

Women’s BBall Team Receives High Rankings The women’s basketball team won the Restaino Cup for the fourth straight season and seventh time overall. Pictured is Coach Tom Shirley receiving the award on behalf of the team from Dan Mara, Commissioner, Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.



GRADE POINT AVERAGE of student-athletes


Total number of SERVICE HOURS performed by athletes

Women’s lacrosse head coach George Chis-Luca earned his 100th career win on April 26, 2017 (ninth season). Baseball head coach Pat Horvath picked up his 100th victory on April 15, 2017. Softball pitcher/right fielder Naomi Stas was named to the Division II Conference Commissioner Association All-East Region Softball first team. She threw the fourth no-hitter in the University’s softball history against 19th-ranked University of Indianapolis on March 12, 2017. Senior first baseman Steven Wells was named American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/ Rawlings Division II AllAmerican Third Team; National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and ABCA East Region Player of the Year; Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Year; and Division II Conference Commissioners Association firstteam. INNOVATOR: ALUMNI UPDATE & IMPACT REPORT • 17


THE VERIZON PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY CELEBRATION OF INNOVATION SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017 More than 300 guests attended the Verizon Philadelphia University Celebration of Innovation on May 6, 2017, at the Hyatt at The Bellevue Hotel. The evening began with a reception and exhibition of exceptional student work followed by the awarding of the Leader of Innovation medals. This platform advances the importance of higher education and innovation, as well as the impact both have on the global economy. Verizon and Federal-Mogul also presented awards for collaborative student projects. Proceeds from the event support student financial aid in addition to the $5,000 scholarship to the Student Leader of Innovation Recipient.

2017 LEADER OF INNOVATION MEDAL RECIPIENTS Anthony J. DiElsi ‘79 Executive Vice President Merchandising, Ross Stores Steven J. Glass, MD Senior Medical Director, Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. Tine Hansen-Turton President and Chief Executive Officer, Woods Services 2017 Lifetime Impact Award Recipient Herb Magee ‘63, H’09 Head Coach Men’s Basketball, Jefferson 2017 Student Leader of Innovation Scholarship Recipient Brianna Sheeler ’19, Architecture Top: Medal recipients (l-r): Anthony J. DiElsi ’79, Dr. Steven J. Glass, Tine Hansen-Turton and Herb Magee ‘63, H’09 Middle left: Student project. Middle right: Architecture students Rachel Updegrove ‘19 and Ben Manarski ‘19 with their project, “Cultural Resin.” Bottom left: Chancellor Stephen Spinelli, Jr., Ph.D., and Student Leader of Innovation Scholarship Award Recipient Brianna Sheeler ’19, Architecture

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS Title Sponsor: Verizon Presenting Sponsor: Anonymous

Visionary Sponsors Anthony J. DiElsi ’79 Federal-Mogul Powertrain Donna Nicoletti Ferrier ’80 and Joseph J. Ferrier Family Fox Rothschild Steven J. Glass, MD and Richard Price Carol and Stephen Spinelli, Jr., Ph.D. Thomas Jefferson University

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Builder Sponsors Convenient Care Association Prudence and William A. Finn ‘67 Iron Stone Strategic Capital Partners Jane & Leonard Korman Family Foundation Eileen Martinson ‘86 Parkhurst PNC Social Innovation Partners Woods

Partner Sponsors ECBM Dr. Howard Hassman, Hassman Family Foundation Independence Blue Cross Independence Foundation Intra-Cellular Therapies National Nurse-Led Care Consortium Steelcase Carol and Robert C. Lockyer ‘68 Thomas Wynne Apartments Tomio Taki H’11

Sponsor a Student Hassman Research Institute, LLC Health Promotion Council INTECH Construction, LLC Legacy Treatment Services Karen and Handsel Minyard Janet and Dennis Novack Chris Rondeau H’15 (Planet Fitness)





The Spirit of Design Award, a distinction given to an individual who has a significant influence on design and design education, went to Daniela Kamiliotis, senior vice president of design for the women’s collection at Ralph Lauren. Daniela is pictured with Jefferson’s Chancellor Stephen Spinelli, Jr., Ph.D., and Sheila Connelly, director of the fashion design program (far right).

Pictured (left to right): Assistant Vice President of Athletics and Women’s Basketball Coach Tom Shirley, former Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Paul Stadelberger (19892009 ), Bill Piszek and KYW Radio Sports Director Matt Leon.

One hundred golfers hit the links for the 16th Annual Robert C. Lockyer ’68 Golf Invitational on June 8, 2017, at Plymouth Country Club in Plymouth Meeting, PA. The event raised more than $55,000 in net proceeds to support student financial aid and athletics. This year, the athletics department used its proceeds to purchase a high-definition video system for live streaming of all sports games, making athletics accessible to more people. Save the Date for next year: Thursday, June 7, 2018.

Pictured with Trustee Carson Kressley H’13 is Wendy West Santana ’83, executive vice president for Li & Fung USA/Oxford Collections (left), who received the Inaugural Alumni Award for Leadership in the Fashion Industry. Also pictured is Wendy’s mom, Sharon West.

2017 GOLF INVITATIONAL COMMITTEE Bob Lockyer ’68, Chair Phil Borst ’97 Pete Brown Dan Devlin ‘90 Dave Falcione ’81 Kevin Kodz ’97 Cathy Lockyer Jean Mack ’85 Pete Mimmo ’78 Chip Morgan Bob Nydick ’78 Chris O’Brien M’13 David Ryan Tom Shirley Mark Sunderland ’84, M’06 Tony Vitullo ’97 Special thanks to our sponsors:

With inspirations ranging from struggling artists in the 19th century, to the juxtaposition of war and peace, to ancient Mayan culture, the works of 127 student designers dazzled the runway April 27 for the University’s annual Fashion Show at the Moulin at Sherman Mills. The sold-out show, produced by the Fashion Industries Association, featured a record 420plus head-to-toe collaborations among fashion design, textile design, graphic design and industrial design students. Stephen Spinelli, Jr., Ph.D., Chancellor of Jefferson, notes, “The University’s approach to learning, faculty expertise and success of its students has led the highly regarded Business of Fashion to name our University among the top global fashion programs.” Fashion celebrity and University Trustee Carson Kressley H’13, honorary chair, called the students “inspiring,” commending them on how they participate in the entire process of creating a collection, from designing the prints, to making the fabrics and producing the show.

TITLE SPONSOR Carol and Bob ’68 Lockyer, Thomas Wynne Apartments & Springhouse Apartments MAJORS SPONSOR Liong-Keng Kwee ’68 DINNER SPONSOR The Arthur Jackson Company LUNCH AND COCKTAIL RECEPTION SPONSORS Clean Rental Uniform McGinn Security

GOLF CART SPONSOR Three Sons Farms, LLLP TEAM CAPTAIN SPONSOR BB&T – The Addis Group COURSE REFRESHMENT SPONSORS New Foundations Charter School and The Stadelberger Family Kevin Scott Spinelli Family HOLE-IN-ONE CONTEST SPONSORS Chip Morgan of Morgan Stanley Parkhurst Dining SILENT AUCTION SPONSORS Kelly’s Sports, Ltd. Tony Vitullo ’97 REGISTRATION TABLE AND PRIZE TABLE SPONSORS Henry James Saloon – Dave Falcione ’81 Shafer Family Werner Bus Lines, Inc.

FOURSOME SPONSORS Jim Cass ‘90 Jobsite Products, Inc. Kahn, Kidron, Mehta Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors Eileen Martinson ‘86 Shearon Environmental Design HOLE SPONSORS Admark 360 Altair Direct Mail Management, Inc. Crescent Boat Club Image Team Outfitters Kampus Klothes Maggiano’s Auto Repair McGillicuddy’s Roxborough North Eastern Floor, Inc. “Your Flooring Solution” Perkiomen Tours Three Sons Farms, LLLP GOLFER SPONSORS Dan Devlin ‘90 MBM Sports Center Bill Piszek David Rea Sandy ‘77 and Tadd ‘75 Schwab Tom Shirley DRIVER SPONSORS John Keleher Jean Mack ‘85 Chris O’Brien M’13 Sandy ‘77 and Tadd ‘75 Schwab Tom Shirley Mary Stillings




Financial Information July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017



8% 4%

Scholarsh $400,386

PhilaU Fun $213,478

Academic $1,434,576



Faculty Su $110,000

Capital Pr $2,120,275 Athletics $151,583

Unrestrict $365,351




8% 4%

Scholarships $400,386 PhilaU Fund (Unrestricted Financial Aid) $213,478 Academics (Colleges, Schools, Centers) $1,434,576



Faculty Support (Term Chairs) $110,000 Capital Projects $2,120,275 Athletics $151,583 Unrestricted $365,351


SOURCES OF SUPPORT: STAKEHOLDER BREAKDOWN In recognition of their generous support, members of the Search Society, Tapestry Society, and alumni and friends who provide scholarship funding, were invited to the Impact Reception held during the Philadelphia University Innovators’ Expo on May 11, 2017. With museum-style exhibitions on display in the Bucky Harris Gym, the Expo showcased nearly 160 senior and graduate projects ranging from animation to textile design. Students were on hand to greet guests, thank them for their support, and discuss their projects and future plans. Nearly 30 projects received support from the Eileen Martinson ’86 Fund for the Undergraduate Capstone Experience Grant. The Expo “really gives you a sense of the depth of our programs and the excellence of our students,” says Michael Leonard, academic dean, School of Design and Engineering, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, and David and Lillian Rea Dean’s Chair. Michael 20 • FALL 2017

notes this year’s Expo highlighted more collaborative work than ever before, as well as a record number of 3D prototypes. The breadth of innovation and creativity included a versatile mountain bike easily adjustable for a variety of trails; a device-app combo that promotes freedom and safety for children on the autism spectrum; and an app to introduce international audiences to the culture of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Qatar, the 2022 FIFA World Cup host. Jefferson’s Chancellor Stephen Spinelli, Jr., 42% 51% Ph.D. (then Philadelphia University president), thanked attendees for their support and Mark Sunderland, textile engineering strategist and Robert J. Reichlin High-Performance Apparel Term Chair, introduced the students 7% who collaborated on the High-Performance Sneaker project (see page 14). We hope you will join us at the Innovators’ Expo in May 2018 to view the results of your generosity first-hand.

Alumni $2,447,109



Friends $302,726

Corporatio $2,022,334


Alumni $2,447,109 Friends $302,726 Corporations/Foundations $2,022,334




1 NYC Reception: November 16, 2016 Alumni from the NYC-area enjoyed an evening in Midtown Manhattan networking at the Ninth Annual NYC Reception. 2 Downtown Reception: March 1, 2017 Local alumni gathered in downtown Philadelphia at the Logan Hotel for an interactive evening with Dr. Stephen Spinelli, Jr., Ph.D. Student work from various design disciplines was exhibited.



3 College of Architecture and the Built Environment Alumni Reception: May 11, 2017 Students, alumni and faculty reunited in the Architecture and Design Center for the fourth consecutive year to celebrate the College’s community. 4 First 5 Paint n’ Sip: Oct. 16, 2016 Young alumni from the last five years spent a fall afternoon in the Ravenhill Chapel enjoying a painting lesson and wine. The paint instructor was First 5 Council member, Stephanie Reinke ’12.



5 Senior Class Toast: April 28, 2017 The Class of 2017 seniors capped off their final days as students in Chancellor Spinelli’s backyard with a celebratory toast. 6 Men’s and Women’s Alumni Basketball Receptions: Feb. 11, 2017 Coaches Tom Shirley and Herb Magee hosted their annual receptions in the hospitality suite to welcome men’s and women’s basketball alumni to campus to connect with one another and cheer on the collegiate teams.


7 | 8 Homecoming: September 23-24, 2016 Alumni, students, parents and friends came together on campus for a weekend full of activities.



9 Flyers Game: February 9, 2017 For the first time ever, alumni attended a pre-game reception and the Philadelphia Flyers game at the Wells Fargo Center. 10 Phillies Game and Alumni Reception: July 17, 2016 Alumni from various class years enjoyed a summer Sunday at Xfinity Live and Citizen’s Bank Park watching the Philadelphia Phillies. 11 Dinner with the Rams with Kai Olsen: April 13, 2017 Architecture and interior design students connected with alumni at HOK’s office in Philadelphia to learn about cross-disciplinary design, and collaboration between architects and interior designers.







Norman R. Cohen ‘58 Is president and CEO of Unitec, an international consulting company based in Charlotte, NC. He recently published a book, Don’t Cry Foul, Just Strike Them Out: Competing Globally and Winning, focused on his more than 30 years’ experience doing business in more than 37 countries.

Karen L. Parker-Pollitt ‘84 was elected Regional Director for the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals, MidAtlantic. Karen has been active with the AICP for more than 12 years and will be sworn in to serve on the national board at the annual conference this fall.

Chrissy Dress’s ‘16 Spa Cure de Repos in Chestnut Hill has been recognized by Philly Mag in the Best of Philly August 2017 edition winning “Best New Spa.”

1960s Congratulations to Warren Hoffman ’60, who recently retired.

1970s Rory (Rosemary) Mackell O’Mara ‘73 started a new bedding company, Saphyr pure linen, using her extensive experience of textiles and fashion. The bedding is created from the finest French flax fibers and woven into soothing colors. Rory’s philosophy is “truth in linen,” and her products feature an inherent charm and comfortable “livedin” appearance.

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Tadd Schwab ‘75 and Sandy Schwab ‘77 announce the birth of their grandson, Dean Adam Schwab, born May 15, 2017, to Jason and Audrey Schwab. Additionally, Tadd was appointed to the new Academic Board of Thomas Jefferson University, which is comprised of 10 members from both Philadelphia University’s board and Thomas Jefferson University’s board. Alan R. Kuntz ‘79 has retired from Xerox Corp. after 32 years. His main focus was research and development of materials and manufacturing processes applied to copiers and printers. He has accrued 31 patents.

Amy Hinch Mayers ’97 recently earned an M.A. in Fashion Design Management from University of the Arts-London College of Fashion. She hopes to focus on product development, sustainability and consumer behavior. Anthony J. Vitullo, Jr. ’97 and his wife, Nina, announce the birth of their son, Anthony J. Vitullo, III, on October 3, 2016.

Frank Scardino ’58, a frequent speaker at the Fort Washington Historical Society, gave a presentation in May 2017 on the personal and professional life of his mentor, Dr. Percival Theel, an active society member and textile chemistry professor, as well as research director at the Philadelphia Textile Institute from 1916 to 1968.

Kristine DeGuzman Ritchie’96 married David Ritchie on October 27, 2001. She is currently Director, Merchant Partnerships at, the largest Chinese shopping community in the United States.

Judy (Frost) Straeffer ’84 has been working in the Systems and Analysis Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA, for the past two years, after a 10year stint working in the Library Department of the Chelmsford, MA school system. She and her husband, Greg, just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a trip to the National Parks in Arizona and Utah. Their two children, Gwen (25) and Zach (22), are both out of college and currently living in the Boston area.

1990s Susan Murray ’94 is the new Chief Operating and Financial Officer for Soroptimist, an organization that helps improve the lives of disadvantaged woman and girls in 20 countries. Susan will provide direction, management and the vision necessary to ensure Soroptimist has the appropriate resources and systems to effectively support the organization’s growing collective impact, while ensuring its financial strength and operating efficiency.

Heather Fye ’98 and Ron Altieri ’99 met at Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science and are celebrating 17 years of marriage this year. The couple has two children: one boy and one girl, ages 9 and 7 1/2, respectively. The family resides in Germantown, MD.

Kimberly Wannop ’99 is a set decorator on the TV show VEEP and received a third Emmy on September 9 for Outstanding Production Design.

2000s Christian Calemmo ’02 and Rachel (Peiffer) Calemmo ’02 are co-owners of Christian Rae Studio, LLC, an architecture, interior design and lighting firm in Fairfield County, CT. Adele Breen-Franklin ’04 is currently the director of the doctoral program in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

IN MEMORIAM Luke Van Meter ‘13 will enter the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth as an MBA candidate in fall 2019.

Linda Marie Iem ‘04 is a new fall adjunct professor at the East Falls campus teaching a Fashion Design master’s course, “Designing within Parameters.” Beth Ross ’09 was one of 40 nurses recognized with the Emerging Nurse Leader Award by the West Virginia Future of Nursing Action Coalition as part of its inaugural 40 under 40 leadership campaign. The award is presented to nurses who empower their communities, advance nursing and lead change.

Dillion Rhodes ’09 and Shannon (Staffieri) Rhodes ’09 announce the birth of their son, Landon Rhodes, born on February 14, 2017.

2010s Laura Anderson ’10 married Ed Theil on May 13, 2017. Kathryn Sheehan Flick ‘10 gave birth to John Geronimo Flick on June 10, 2017. John is the grandson of alum Michael Sheehan ’73. Greg Sundermann ’11, MBA ’12 announces the birth of his daughter, Aspen Jane Sundermann, on November 11, 2016. Greg runs business operations at CARTO, a growth stage enterprise SaaS startup in Brooklyn, focused on location intelligence and analytics. Gabrielle Haden ’12 and Justin Buchholz ’13 were married on September 16, 2017.

Kiana Lavery ’14, M’17, was hired by Susquehanna County in Pennsylvania to work in the emergency department as the operations training officer. Lillian Hale ’15 and Edward Bradshaw ‘15 were married May 28, 2017, at the Shawnee Inn in the Poconos. Lillian works as a District Soft Goods Administrator for Ethan Allen, and Edward is a Lighting Designer for BEAN, Ltd.

Since graduating, Theodore Harkness ‘15 has worked for the American Red Cross and AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps. He is currently a management and program analyst helping to develop, coordinate and facilitate training with various FEMA Cadres in the Workforce Development division at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He started his position upon graduating from FEMA Corps in November 2017.

Orval Bloom ‘36 Clarence Snyder ‘37 Earl Dorr ‘40 C. Trevor Dunham ‘40 Harry Fry ‘41 George Krasnov ‘47 Grace Magee ‘47 Douglas O’Connell ‘47 Barbara Weiss ‘47 Eugene Brupbacher ‘48 Louis Essaf ‘48 John Sidebotham ‘48 Sidney Derner ‘49 Norman Friedman ‘49 Bernard Nelson ‘49 Charles Schuettler ‘49 Herbert Solomon ‘49 Ernest Fishman ‘50 Lawrence Karlin ‘50 Jay Lipsey ‘50 Lionel Weinstock ‘50 Broughton Bishop ‘51 Charles Dager ‘51 Walter Dean ‘51 George Kubu ‘51 Gerard Scala ‘51 John Toon ‘51 Wallace Carr ‘52 Morton Cohen ‘52 Morris Reigart ‘52 Jerome Rosenfeld ‘52 Norman Semmler ‘52 William Squires ‘52 Norton Binder ‘53 Richard Brautigam ‘53 Maurice Calby ‘53 Robert Kunik ‘53 Frank Smith ‘53 Morton Comer ‘54 Richard Greenspan ‘54 Arnold Marinstein ‘54 Louis Siracusano ‘54 Bernard Cohen ‘55 Andor Glattstein ‘55 Ivan Gordon ‘55 Steven Schlenger ‘55 Sidney Venitsky ‘55 Alan Lipschutz ‘56 Sherwin Newborn ‘56 Harlan Parver ‘56 Robert Schoellhorn ‘56 David Sommers ‘56 Jerry Walker ‘56 Paul Goda ‘57 Murray Greisman ‘57 Edwin Johnson ‘57 Angelo Koutris ‘57 E. Merns ‘57 John Reno ‘58 Joseph Reuter ‘58 Stanley Eng ‘60 John Mortensen ‘60 Henry Wollering ‘60 Marvin Grossman ‘64 Paul Kerstetter ‘64

Edward Woodward ‘65 Rosemarie Palmer ‘66 Arlin Adams ‘67 Francis Murray ‘68 William Criswell ‘69 John Galante ‘69 George King ‘69 Fred Schlosser ‘70 Michael Gambone ‘71 William Johnson ‘71 Frank Wigmore ‘71 Thomas Beirne ‘72 James Dipiero ‘73 Anthony Frederico ‘73 Joseph Gorga ‘73 Henry Kern ‘73 Charles Zeller ‘73 William Forman ‘74 Ronald Novotny ‘74 John Ostien ‘74 Ringleb Volker ‘74 Joseph Mirabile ‘75 Robert Kiely ‘76 Suzanne Robb ‘76 Judith Sherwood ‘77 James West ‘77 George Kousaros ‘78 Jayne Rohe ‘79 Francis Thomas ‘79 William Wolpert ‘79 John Donnelly ‘80 Harry Latham ‘82 Paul Jurgens ‘83 Naima Abdur-Raheem ‘84 Janice Oriold Cummings ‘84 Lauren Freedman ‘84 Eugene Friedman ‘84 Gordon Hower ‘84 Louis Taicher ‘84 Denise Vargo-Gussoni ‘84 Jane Wurster ‘84 Bernice VanDerbeek ‘87 Marion Hill ‘88 Miriam Kane ‘88 Joel Sales ‘88 Sevasti Dillon ‘89 David Krassen ‘89 Ellen Osborn ‘90 Bonnie Peck ‘91 Eileen Engle Chamberlain ‘92 Christopher Horwhat ‘93 William Janus ‘93 Michael Dollarton ‘94 Sandra Moninger ‘95 Lois Dugan ‘96 Thomas Hilley ‘96 Paul Lee ‘97 Douglas Wilbur ‘98 Cathy Countess ‘00 Alice Demirjian ‘00 Judy Halpin ‘00 Matthew Tomon ‘00 Sara Jones ‘01 Patricia Bradley ‘09 Karen Baird ‘12

Larry Karlin ’50 (9/28/16) attended Philadelphia Textile Institute (Broad and Pine Sts.) and was among one of the first classes to graduate from the East Falls campus. He had a long career in the textile industry and enjoyed traveling. Larry was a longtime supporter of the University. In 2005, he established the Larry Karlin ’50 Scholarship to support textile students in the Global Leadership Program. Joe Gorga ’73 (7/22/17) was a founding member of the Carolina Alumni Scholarship Committee. He had a long and successful career in the textile industry. In 2002, Joe joined Burlington Industries as Executive Vice President North American Operations and later became the President and CEO, and a member of the Board of Directors for the International Textile Group (2004-2014). Joe was instrumental in establishing a scholarship through the International Textile Group to support University students.


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JEFFERSON-EAST FALLS CAMPUS DAY OF GIVING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2017 teams. On campus, the Future Alumni Association held its popular Fall Fest, and Stephen Spinelli Jr., Ph.D., Jefferson’s Chancellor, jokingly egged on students as they took turns trying to knock him down in a dunk tank (pictured below).

In a tremendous show of support for the new Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), the fourth annual East Falls Campus Day of Giving smashed its goals and set new records with more than $165,000 raised by 789 donors. The event nearly doubled the $86,580 raised by 485 donors during last year’s Day of Giving, thanks to the alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the University who came out in full force. 24 • FALL 2017

“We certainly felt the love from the East Falls Ramily,” says Melissa Garonzik, director of annual giving and alumni relations. “This important fundraising campaign supports the mission of the University—preparing students for successful careers in an evolving global marketplace.” Energy and excitement filled the day. Generous alumni and supporters offered incentive matches online that promoted competition among programs and athletic

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