100 Day Milestones


  • Les Sztandera, Professor of Computer Information Systems, edited a book entitled Intelligent Systems and Control based on proceedings from the 10th Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems and Control held in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was published in November 2007 by ACTA Press in Anaheim, California.

  • Adjunct Professor of Taxation Ted Kurlowicz was featured in an article about estate planning on Bankrate.com, a website providing free, objective information and rate quotes for consumer bank products such as home loans, credit cards, and more.

  • Midwifery Program Director Katy Dawley’s article, The Nurse-Family Partnership, co-authored by Joan Loch and Irene Bindrich, was featured in the November 2007 issue of the American Journal of Nursing—one of the oldest and largest circulating nursing journals in the world.

  • David Brookstein, Dean of the School of Engineering and Textiles, presented Philadelphia University's plans to establish the Institute for Textile and Apparel Product Safety, which will conduct research to help ensure the safety of clothing made overseas, at the fall meeting of the American Association of the Textile Chemists and Colorists’ (AATCC) Health, Safety and the Environment Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

  • Jaideep Naidu, Associate Professor of Operations Research, was recently elected to serve on the editorial board of the International Journal of Applied Management Science (IJAMS), which is published by Inderscience Publishers.

  • Josh Owen, Associate Professor of Industrial Design, won first place in the 2007 International Design Awards for his Aluminum Cube Jigger, which was honored in the category of kitchen accessories/ tabletop. Prof. Owen’s design evolved from an experiment to compress the six most common liquid measures used to mix alcoholic drinks into the smallest possible dispenser. The form was inspired by traditional box-shaped Japanese sake cups. More than 1,000 entries from 50 countries were submitted for the competition, which includes the fields of architecture and interior, product, graphic, and fashion design.

  • Assistant Professor of Architecture, Morna Livingston, will exhibit her collection of photographs entitled “Water H2O=Life,” at the American Museum of Natural History (on display until Mary 28, 2008) & at the United Nations (on display until mid-December, 2007).

  • Advance for Physician Assistants reported in its Nov. 21 online edition that Matt Baker, dean of the School of Science and Health, received the Master Faculty Award at the recent meeting of the Physician Assistant Education Association.

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education approved the awarding of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E) degree for students studying architectural, mechanical and industrial and systems engineering.


  • Biology senior Shaheed Abdulhaqq held a book signing for his recently published science fiction novel on campus in December.

  • Members of the University community celebrated the success of the student publication Open: A Writing and Design Collaboration, a project composed of writings from first- and second-year students.

  • Alice Cheng, a senior Interior Design major, was awarded the second-place prize of $1,500 in the sixth annual Student Design Competition sponsored by Philadelphia-based KlingStubbins Interiors, one of the nation’s leading interiors, architecture, engineering and planning firms. Cheng competed with 60 students from six area institutions in the seven-hour charette to design an urban cultural arts center.

  • Students participating in a yearlong, interdisciplinary design competition sponsored by Cotton Inc. presented their final projects to company representatives and Philadelphia University faculty and administrators Oct. 30 in The Tuttleman Center Auditorium. Students Lindsey Baker ‘08, Textile Design; Erin Gemeny ‘08, Industrial Design; Evan Gurgui ‘08, Interior Design; and Rocco Avallone ‘09, Industrial Design, earned first place in the Sustainable Environments category for their puzzle-piece inspired interior design of a daycare center. Students Lauren Heard, graduate studies; Casey Saccomanno ‘08, Fashion Design; and Melissa Tsui ‘08, Fashion Design, received first prize in the Fabrics and Fashion category for their clothing line Handpicked that incorporated mix-and-match cotton dresses, sweaters and accessories for the modern career woman. Each of the first-place teams received a $5,000 award to share.

  • Philadelphia University Fashion Design studentsoverhauled T-shirts for breast cancer awareness and research as part of the annual Key to the Cure fundraising event held Oct. 17 at Saks Fifth Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. Considered the best designers of the night, seniors Leigh Bannworth, Michelle Guan and Tamika Williams were awarded first, second and third place, respectfully, for their highly embellished and pink-accented tops that creatively conveyed concern for breast cancer awareness.

  • Philadelphia University Fashion Design and Merchandising students presented a fashion show called Body Diversity in partnership with A Chance to Heal, a regional nonprofit dedicated to preventing eating disorders. The show featured clothing designs for bodies of all sizes and shapes.

  • Students Andrew Chaveas, Erike De Veyra, David Guerriero, Mark “Tony” Gushanas, Troy Hannigan, and Jessica Rotenberger will attend this year’s American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) convention, Forum 2007: Architecture in Motion, in Milwaukee Dec. 29 through Jan. 1. At the event, which is slated to attract more than 1,000 architecture and design students from around the world, they will learn about issues facing the architectural profession and education, as well as interact with leading architects.

  • The University Holiday card was designed by A graphic design student showcasing the talents of the Philadelphia University student population.


  • This year’s Homecoming and Family Day events were very successful for Philadelphia University. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet many interesting alumni and encourage their involvement at their alma mater.

  • The University hosted a networking reception with executives at Urban Outfitters, an extremely popular young adult apparel retailer, at its Philadelphia Navy Shipyard location Nov. 8. Faculty members and senior students from Philadelphia University’s Fashion Design, Textile Design, Fashion Industry Management, and Fashion Merchandising departments mingled with Urban Outfitters headquarters employees, of whom approximately 7% are Philadelphia University graduates.


  • I was interviewed for a podcast in August by SGA Vice President Lauren Badessa, which the University posted on its website before I arrived on campus.

  • To introduce my Presidency to colleagues across the country, we launched a webcast with Board Member George Downs (’68) and his wife Suzanne (’68). To date, this webcast has been viewed nearly 500 times. It shows Philadelphia University as creative, innovative, and unique. The response to the vodcast has been positive.

  • My wife and I hosted a large gathering of students, faculty, and staff for Philadelphia University’s International Student Reception on Nov. 12th at the President’s House. We also hosted a BBQ for first year students and a reception for faculty and staff member when we first arrived on campus. It was a great way to get to know the community we were joining.

  • I have begun a blog on the University website and have received thought-provoking comments from readers with each weekly entry. I believe that this technology is just one method of engaging the community in meaningful discourse about important academic matters. While it does not replace interpersonal communication, it does provide another means for connecting with others using the current medium.

  • I am hosting a series of live chats beginning with one for faculty and staff on December 12th, one for parents and families on January 14th, one for alumni on January 30th, and one for students in early February.


  • I spoke about ways to expand youth entrepreneurship opportunities at a meeting of national business, education, public policy, media and philanthropy leaders on September 27th.

  • After Fortune Small Business named me one of the nation’s top entrepreneur professors in September, I was featured in the October issue of The Fallser. Recent architecture graduate Bryan Giroux, also appeared in this newspaper; he won the $1,500 top prize in Luraline’s student lighting design competition.

  • In October, I presented at the Veteran Business Owners Initiative (VBOI) first annual conference on Innovative Employment Strategies and Successful Community Integration at a meeting held in Wellesley, MA. During my presentation, I discussed current business trends, the qualities and skills needed to become an entrepreneur, and how to be a leader of social entrepreneurship.

  • Philadelphia University debuted an exciting new website design in October.

  • We also launched a television campaign with two new commercials highlighting faculty and staff and “The Power to Do”. The commercials ran from October through November on NBC10. They are also available on YouTube and the University’s website.

  • I talked about my background as an entrepreneur and my vision for Philadelphia University in an interview in the Nov. 2-8 Philadelphia Business Journal.

  • To inform Brazilian entrepreneurs’ small business practices, co-authors Jeffry A. Timmons, Andrew Zacharakis, and I recently published a Portuguese version of the book, Business Plans that Work. For the publication, we consulted with José Dornelas, MBA professor at the Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil.

  • Men’s Basketball Coach Herb Magee was mentioned in a story on ESPN.com in which reporter Kieran Darcy reflected on his years playing college hoops at the University of Pennsylvania and the one shot he got suiting up as a varsity player.

  • Philadelphia University’s Ultimate Frisbee Team hosted its first-ever tournament for local school and club Frisbee organizations Nov. 17th on Ravenhill Athletic Field. During the tournament, Philadelphia University triumphed in a series of round-robin style competitions and secured another first-place win in the championship game against University of Pennsylvania.

  • Philadelphia University’s School of Business Administration (SBA) hosted nearly 40 high school students from Delaware County, Pa., participating in the nonprofit education association Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for a day of informational business sessions and presentations in The Tuttleman Center Nov. 19th.

  • David Brookstein, dean of the School of Engineering and Textiles and director of the Institute for Textile and Apparel Product Safety, was featured Dec. 5 on NBC10’s news and consumers show, All That and More. Dean Brookstein was interviewed about the safety of imported clothing and textiles and the preliminary findings of the Institute. Jeff Ashley, associate professor of chemistry and technical director of the Institute, and Herb Barndt, associate professor of textile engineering, also were interviewed for the segment.

  • Technical Associate in Philadelphia University’s Textile Design Program, Wendelyn Anderson and her pair of handmade teddy bears are currently featured in an exhibition in Philadelphia’s City Hall. As part of the city of Philadelphia’s Art in City Hall program, Anderson’s bears will remain on display until Friday, Jan. 25, 2008.