Poet Shel Silverstein sang about scheming and dreaming, with wild eyes gleaming, to ride the perfect wave. He would’ve done well to talk to alumni Zachary Samalonis and Yuhan Zhang, who designed the Swell Surf Foot.
Perhaps perfection is in the pursuit. You can’t count how many shots swished at the hands of Herb Magee, or under his tutelage, yet he continued honing his craft over 50 years, touching immortality.
Or maybe perfection’s ineffable, like a song. In reaching for the perfect pitch, students (and alumni) in Jefferson’s glee clubs find peace, kinship, and meaning.
Pragmatists tell us not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. But as our recently retired president, Dr. Stephen Klasko, might say, the only way to create real change, real good, is to strive for something amazing, revolutionary, even perfect. Whether it’s a chair for everyone or a built environment or a scholarship gift, at Jefferson we believe there are no limits. Perfect, like impossible, is just a word.
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...
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.”
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“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
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The Provost’s Column
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$82,121 Raised for Jefferson Athletics
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A Fashion Renaissance
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