December 19, 2015 |
In a deal that would join two fast-evolving institutions, Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University on Thursday announced a preliminary agreement to merge. The deal, expected to close by the end of June, could boost Philadelphia University's profile in the competitive Northeastern U.S. market for undergraduates, giving some a straighter shot at Jefferson's medical school. Jefferson, which has announced plans to merge with two hospital systems since 2014, would see its enrollment nearly double and its academic programs expand.
December 12, 2015 |
Henry M. Rowan, 92, an inventive engineer and industrialist whose historic $100 million donation transformed modest Glassboro State College into the regionally acclaimed university that carries his name, died Wednesday at an assisted-living residence in Bucks County. In 1992, Mr. Rowan and his wife, Betty, set the record for the largest gift to a public college in the history of American higher education. While the couple had no connection to the school, they did occupy the same state.
December 11, 2015 |
The Temple University Faculty Senate has passed a motion that "condemns" Bill Cosby in connection with the sexual assault allegations against him and board of trustees chairman Patrick O'Connor for representing him while they both served as university trustees. The faculty vote comes amid ongoing criticism of the university for failing to denounce Cosby, accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women over several decades, Art Hochner, president of the Temple faculty union, said Wednesday.
December 2, 2015
ISSUE | UNIVERSITY CITY Community partners In Friday's column , Inga Saffron reached an inescapable conclusion: Universities were complicit in postwar urban-renewal programs that failed to sustain strong, diverse neighborhoods. She suggested that requiring payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) by nonprofit institutions is the logical form of redress. But that narrative fails to account for 20 years of successful efforts in University City. And the conclusion is shortsighted - no program of PILOTs could match the impact that anchor institutions make today.
November 30, 2015 |
It was not, David Yeager readily acknowledged, your typical urban high-rise-apartment construction project. But Yeager, founder of Radnor Property Group in Wayne, had never partnered on a project with a church - in this case, the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. That partnership has produced a 26-story, 276-unit glass-and-steel structure at 37th and Chestnut Streets and a three-story office building, as well as a 19th-century Romanesque-style brownstone church now in much better shape than it has been in decades.
November 29, 2015
The "Changing Skyline" column Friday gave the wrong decade for when Judith Rodin became president of the University of Pennsylvania. She became president in 1994.
November 21, 2015 |
Drexel University already ranks among the top 50 universities worldwide when it comes to patent awards developed by faculty members, said Keith Orris, university senior vice president of corporate relations and economic development. And with Thursday's announcement of Drexel's new funding partnership with Ben Franklin Technology Partners and a mentoring relationship with Wayne-based Safeguard Scientifics, university inventors and entrepreneurs will have 10 million new reasons to keep the research fires burning, the brainstorms exploding.
November 20, 2015 |
The truck: Ohhh, look at that truck! The alluring typeface and pastel colors - heavy on the blues, with splashes of yellow and purple - make Unique Greek one fine-looking truck. Which, by the way, is the smart move these days. Truck owners are getting increasingly creative not only with their menus, but the designs of the trucks themselves. The food: It's Greek. But is it unique? Eh, not so sure about that. Who cares though. It's good! Obviously, you need to have a gyro ($6). They have the traditional beef and lamb, but also chicken, hamburger, sausage or falafel gyros with tomatoes, red onions and homemade tzatziki sauce and french fries.
November 13, 2015 |
ADD DREXEL University to the list of colleges and universities distancing themselves from entertainer and accused serial rapist Bill Cosby. University president John Fry said yesterday that Drexel has revoked Cosby's honorary degree. "The misconduct by Bill Cosby that came to light through his sworn deposition testimony stands in clear opposition to Drexel's values. As a result, the University has revoked the honorary Drexel degree bestowed upon Mr. Cosby in 1992," Fry wrote in a statement posted on the university's website and included in a newsletter sent to faculty and staff.