The Legend: Coach Herb Magee ’63, HoF ’11

After a career that saw him become one of the greatest college basketball coaches in history and all-time NCAA Division II wins leader, Naismith Hall of Famer Herb Magee has retired as head men’s basketball coach for the Thomas Jefferson University Rams...

Time Machine

John K. Mitchell’s Automaton Chess Player

Back in the mid-19th Century, a Jefferson professor named John Kearsley Mitchell purchased a world-famous automaton known as the “Turk.” The Automaton—an aloof, turbaned figure—toured far and wide, playing chess, defeating all comers, and baffling audiences (including one Edgar Allan Poe). When Mitchell bought it, the automaton’s creator had just died in town, and the “Turk” had been seized to settle debts...

Empowering Amputees to Conquer the Seas

Many may recall the story of 13-year-old surfing virtuoso Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm due to a shark attack. She relearned how to surf, returning to the water not even a month later. One might say her success could be attributed to her philosophy, “I don’t need easy. I just need possible.”

More From This Issue


Common Threads

Even some students and faculty at Jefferson’s East Falls Campus may not be aware that just footsteps away in the Goldie Paley House is a hidden treasure trove of historical and educational significance...


Pitch Please

From Bach to Billie Eilish, Jefferson groups sing it all...


Question and Innovate

Through her professional work and by instructing the next generation of architects, alumna Natasha A. Trice wants to change how people experience architecture through animation...


“The Future Is Now!”

Upon being named President of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health in 2013, Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, said, “The future is now!”



A Father’s Life Inspires a Son’s Giving

Michael Nissman ’64 has been supporting Jefferson ever since he had “a couple extra dollars” to spare. Today he’s the donor behind numerous big gifts, including the Ruth and Morris Nissman Scholarship and a new endowment for the Ramily Market...


A Seat at the Table

Jefferson’s Specialty Care Pavilion is redefining the patient experience for the most vulnerable...


Master in Real Estate Students Tour Specialty Care Pavilion

Jefferson Health’s new Specialty Care Pavilion is a vital part of the more than $1 billion development of Philadelphia’s revitalized East Market Street corridor...

From Our Leadership


From Our EVP

Elizabeth A. Dale, EdD, MPA, NACD.DC


The Provost’s Column

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD

From the Nexus

Ram Roundup


Tom Shirley’s 800th Career Win: Facts & Figures


$82,121 Raised for Jefferson Athletics


Alumni Spotlight: Jason Madden ’93


Nichols Makes History as First Jefferson Entrant in CACC Hall of Fame

Class Notes


A Fashion Renaissance

Fashion Design alumna Jennie Fear’s timeless artistry honors the past, celebrates the future, and unites generations...