What you have here is something borrowed and something new, with a cover that’s mostly blue.
For Textile and PhilaU alumni, this issue brings the same bold storytelling you love in Innovator, reimagined with the most dramatic look in its history, and one that, we hope, reflects creativity, curiosity, and connection.
For Jefferson alumni and friends, welcome to your new alumni magazine, the source for stories of alumni leading their fields, faculty members who challenge convention, and students who are redefining what it means to be designers, creators, and caregivers.
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Last year, Olivia Pagnotta was shopping for holiday gifts at Anthropologie when a familiar pattern caught her eye. “Hey, guys,” she called out to her friends while examining the subtly sparkly multicolored sweater. “I think this is a color palette I made!”
The Site Is the Star
Being an architect, you’d expect Sean Lockyer, an alumnus of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment and the founding principal of Studio AR&D Architects, to think of buildings as playing the starring role. But it’s not that simple, especially when you slow down to take a close look at the site for a new construction project.
Coming Full Circle
Jefferson professor trains the next generation of women’s health professionals
More From This Issue
From our wide array of majors, to our small class sizes, work study opportunities, our ever-expanding alumni network, and much more, our students happily call Jefferson their home away from home.
Breaking Down the Walls
Jefferson students are helping Philadelphia’s refugee communities break through to a safer, healthier future.
Transcend & Include
As an expert in building with the climate in mind, Fleming obsesses on the future. As a professor and director of Jefferson’s sustainable design program, he’s consumed by how to best educate students.
Kensington is the largest open-air drug market on the East Coast and the epicenter of the region’s overdose crisis. But where most onlookers see hopelessness, Bon Ku, MD, sees hope.
The Past Is a Prologue
Jefferson was born (twice, or maybe three times) from a desire to rethink the status quo. Here’s a look into its vibrant history.
Question & Innovate
Richard Florida, PhD, came to Philadelphia for an up-close and personal look at how our city’s revival is reaching a tipping point, a “new urban crisis” brought on by success.
From Our Leadership
The Human in the Middle
Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
Shrinking World/Expanding Horizon
Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
People & Legacy
Elizabeth A. Dale, EdD, MPA
From the Nexus
Jefferson Hits the Runway at NYFW
Fashion design students Marquies Smith and Robin Skodi showcase socially conscious collections.
A Game Changer
Industrial design alumni develop a cleat attachment for blade-style prosthetic.
Rams Are Winners On & Off the Field
Student-athletes are recognized for their volunteer work.
Rams Rise Up Challenge
In just 24 hours, the Rams Rise Up Challenge raised $44,079 thanks to the support of 869 benefactors—more than double the original 400 donor goal.
Abe Almonte, BS ’16
This Jefferson alum, current MBA student, and Rams pitching coach works hard on and off the field.
Morgan Jefferson, Textile Design ’17
Since graduating, Morgan has been working as an Assistant Sweater Designer for Free People. In her position, she knits on machines, and comes up with new ideas for sweaters that represent the Free People brand. She ended 2019 with the number one style—the “BFF Sweater.” She found a new love for fashion design this year when she was challenged to create two garments, and is enjoying expanding her skill set. Outside of work, she has a passion for crocheting, and recently created a sweater coat for a model who was attending New York fashion week. It was a show stopper, was featured in several blogs, and was listed under best NYFW street styles in Essence Magazine. She says: “My job is so much fun and a dream come true. It is exactly what I went to school for. I am taking the skills I learned in my knit design classes at PhilaU and applying them to my job every day.”