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Moments of 2019

The Nexus looks back at the stories that defined the year.

From novel collaborations to groundbreaking projects to athletic achievements, Jefferson saw countless memorable moments over the past year. Take a look at some of the stories that defined a busy 2019.

Letters to Her Father
Using grief as inspiration, fashion design alumna Noël Watt showcased her collection at New York Fashion Week. “It’s OK to be sad and acknowledge death,” she says. “It made me stronger.”

Seeds to Grow
With Park in a Truck, Jefferson helps to transform underserved communities. The first park through the unique program opened this fall with more on the way.

Mantua community members Nathaniel Mitchell, Camille Marion, Gwen Morris and De’Wayne Drummond stand in front of the lot at 38th and Melon streets where the first Park in a Truck will be built in October.
Mantua community members Nathaniel Mitchell, Camille Marion, Gwen Morris and De’Wayne Drummond stand in front of the lot at the first Park in a Truck site.

Talk the Talk
Three Sidney Kimmel Medical College students organized Jefferson’s first TEDx. Experts covered topics like, “Why Trust and Faith Can Create a Better Life and Better Humanity,” “XR and Health Care: Distinguishing Intrigue From Hype” and more.

Fashion Collaboration Has All the Right Moves
In a special project, fashion students designed costumes for Pennsylvania Ballet dancers. Students benefited by stretching beyond their comfort zone, working with unfamiliar fabrics and embellishments.

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The New Voices of Science Are Changing the World
How generation Z is learning about scientific issues and how to communicate them to impact policy.

A Celebration of Compassion, Tolerance and Diversity
Jefferson faculty member Rashidah Salam created an interfaith mural in South Philly. “The mural reinforces the idea that regardless of religion, belief or tradition, every human deserves respect,” she says.

Confetti rained down to close out the ceremony.
The community celebrates the dedication of Rashidah Salam's interfaith mural in South Philly.

Women’s Basketball Captures Third CACC Championship
The Rams went to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, the 10th time under head coach Tom Shirley and the 12th time overall.

From Considerable Needs to Exceptional Success
A Jefferson partnership has played a crucial role in Southwark School’s inspiring turnaround. The sought-after public school now stands as a model.

The principal stands in front a bulletin board that reads amazing things happen here
Enrollment jumped 73 percent since Andrew Lukov became Southwark School principal in 2013.

Coach Magee Earns Milestone Win No. 1,100
Already at the mountaintop, Herb Magee keeps climbing on Henry Avenue, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Jefferson Receives Second Largest Gift in Institution’s History
The $70 million gift from Sidney and Caroline Kimmel significantly advances research at Jefferson, Philadelphia Business Journal reports.

Create What’s Next
Remember how it felt when anything seemed possible? At Jefferson, we push beyond limitation. We make the seemingly impossible, possible.

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