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William E. Parshall
Temple University Ambler
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002
Temple University Ambler, a respected innovator in research and education in social, economic, and environmental studies, delivers high-quality undergraduate, graduate, and non-credit courses and programs to meet the needs of the region and provide a rewarding life experience for students of all ages. Ambler Campus faculty members and administrators promote responsible citizenry through curricular and extracurricular activities and applied research that demonstrate and promote concepts central to the creation of strong, sustainable communities: student-centered learning, community engagement, and respect for the environment.
The Ambler Campus, with an undergraduate student population of 2,300, is an ideal campus to pursue higher education, with a convenient location, courses in a variety of disciplines, and a friendly atmosphere. Located in suburban Montgomery County, just 18 miles north of the Main Campus (and minutes from Route 309 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike), Ambler offers the benefits of a small college campus with the excitement and vast resources of a large university. Ambler attracts students who live or work in the greater Philadelphia area, including those from Philadelphia, Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton counties. The Blue Route (Route 476) also makes Temple University Ambler easily accessible to students from Chester and Delaware counties.
Students enjoy Ambler's stunning grounds, student organizations and activities, and recreational facilities that include an exercise/weight room, outdoor pool, and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. The campus is also home to Temple University's baseball, softball, and men's and women's soccer NCAA Division I teams.
Ambler's facilities include science laboratories, a library, top-quality computer labs, smart classrooms, Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) labs/classrooms, and dining venues.
In Fall 2006 the Ambler Learning Center opened; the center is a state-of-the-art facility incorporating smart classrooms, wireless technology, computer labs/classrooms, a technology breakout room, study lounges, video-conferencing room, and a 300-seat auditorium. There is also a writing-mathematics-science resource center as well as a drawing/drafting studio.
The Ambler Campus offers hundreds of undergraduate courses during the day, evening, and weekends, taught by the university's distinguished faculty. Students may begin almost every undergraduate program at Ambler. Depending on the major, students may take all their courses at Ambler. Popular majors that can be completed at Ambler include: Adult and Organizational Development, Business, Community Development, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education (PreK to 4), History, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, and Psychology. Also, degree- and non-degree-seeking students may enroll in credit certificate programs.
Undergraduate courses include offerings from Temple's General Education curriculum (GenEd) and basic courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Earth and Environmental Science. These enable pre-Health Information Management students to complete the required first two years of prerequisite coursework. Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Podiatry, Pre-Physical Therapy, or Pre-Occupational Therapy students may take courses at Ambler required for admission to a professional school. Pre-Law students may remain at Ambler for four years, pursuing degrees in Business, Community Development, or the Social Sciences. (See the Degree Program Chart for a listing of the programs that can be completed entirely at the Ambler Campus.)
The campus is home to Temple's School of Environmental Design, which houses the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture (A.S. and B.S. in Horticulture programs; B.S. and M.L.Arch. in Landscape Architecture programs; plus undergraduate minors and certificates), the Department of Community and Regional Planning (B.S. in Community Development and M.S. in Community and Regional Planning programs; undergraduate minors and certificates; plus graduate certificates), and the Center for Sustainable Communities at Temple University Ambler. (See the School of Environmental Design section of this Bulletin for more details.)
The beautiful landscaped grounds, also known as the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, feature formal gardens, a sustainable wetland garden, a green roof garden, an herb garden, a winter garden, wooded areas, a native plant propagation center, and much more.
For a change of pace and scenery, Ambler students can also take courses at Main Campus, Temple University Center City, or the Health Sciences Center. (See Bus Service below.)
After graduating, many Temple students continue their graduate work at the Ambler Campus or at Temple University Fort Washington Graduate and Professional Center. See the Off–Site Class Locations/Fort Washington section below.
For more information about Ambler programs, please call 267-468-8000 or visit the Temple University Ambler web site at www.ambler.temple.edu.
Academic Awards and Standards and Honor Societies at Ambler
See www.temple.edu/ambler/ac_services/scholarships.htm for additional details and application procedures.
Dean's List: Letters are received by students from the dean of the school or college in which they are enrolled in accordance with the academic criteria for scholastic distinction established by their college or school. See Academic Policies and Regulations.
Academic Standards: Students may receive an academic warning, be placed on probation, or be dismissed from the university based on university standards. See Academic Policies and Regulations.
Honor Society: Alpha Sigma Lambda, Nu Omicron Xi Chapter, is an honor society for adult students who have completed at least 24 semester hours at Temple and achieved an excellent grade point average. The Temple University Ambler students who are invited to join this society are inducted at a ceremony held each spring.
Ambler Campus is a full-service campus with an array of offices and services to assist students in achieving educational success. The services described below are tailored to the needs of Ambler Campus students. For further information about support services provided at Ambler, please visit the campus web site (www.temple.edu/ambler/ac_services) and/or the corresponding sections in this Bulletin describing these services.
Academic Support Services
Dedicated professional and faculty advisors at the Ambler Campus help students choose a program of study that is suited to their educational and career goals. While the students are ultimately responsible for knowing their academic status and requirements for their degree programs, advisors assist with information about program requirements and university policies and procedures. For transfer students, advisors can answer questions about transfer credit evaluations and determine whether these credits meet Temple program requirements.
Career Development Services
Center for Student Professional Development
West Hall 115
Ambler Campus Technology (ACT) Center
Learning Center 106
Computer Labs and Classrooms — Ambler Campus
Disability Resources and Services
The Office of Academic Advising and Career Development, in conjunction with Disability Resources and Services (Division of Student Affairs), provides accommodations for students with disabilities at Temple University's Ambler and Fort Washington campuses.
Mathematics-Science Center (See Writing-Math-Science Center below)
Math-Science: Main Campus: 215-204-8466
Writing: Main Campus Hotline: 215-204-0700
The Writing-Math-Science Center (with computer lab) helps with questions about all aspects of writing, mathematics, and the sciences. It assists with brainstorming and planning papers, reports, and projects, and offers tutoring. This free service is open to all students. Please refer to the web sites listed above for hours of operation each semester and for online tutoring options.
The bookstore provides textbooks and course materials required for classes. The Temple University Bookstore is an affiliate of Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, offering the services and conveniences of a great bookstore chain. The bookstore also carries stationery items, Temple apparel, health and beauty aids, and other useful items.
Bursar (Student Financial Services)
www.temple.edu/facilities (go to "Shuttles")
Financial Aid (Student Financial Services)
West Hall 103
Temple students must purchase a hangtag/decal from the Bursar's Office for any vehicle they wish to park on campus lots. There is no daily charge to park at Ambler. Special accommodations are available for students with disabilities. (See the Bursar's Office above.)
Main Campus: 215-204-7276 for appointments
West Hall 102
Student Financial Services (See Bursar and Financial Aid above.)
West Hall Lower Level 10
267-468-8102 or 215-204-6130
Making the transition from military to college life can be challenging. To assist with this transition, Temple University Veteran Affairs works with the various university departments to plan and implement educational and social programs to help veteran students succeed at Temple University. The Ambler Campus has a Veteran Suite in Bright Hall for students to have a place to meet and study. For questions regarding the certification process and veterans benefits, contact the Temple University Certifying Officer in the Office of the University Registrar at 215-204-7378.
Special Facilities and Programs
Ambler Arboretum of Temple University
Anne Brennan, Horticulture and Ambler Arboretum Supervisor
Pauline Hurley-Kurtz, R.L.A., A.S.L.A. M.L.A. Academic Director
The Ambler Campus was officially designated an arboretum in March 2000. This historic, public garden, now known as the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, continues to develop as a living laboratory. As the home of Temple University's Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, the Ambler Campus has a myriad of learning gardens, including a ground cover garden, native plant garden, formal gardens, green roof garden, rock wall, woodland garden, sustainable wetland garden, trial garden, the Viola Anders Herb Garden, the Philip A. and Barbara F. Albright Winter Garden, the Ernesta Ballard Healing Garden with labyrinth, the Colibraro Conifer Garden, and large perennial borders. The arboretum's three areas of focus are sustainability, the health benefits of gardens, and the history of women in horticulture, agriculture, and design.
The 300-seat Learning Center Auditorium, with smart technology and performance space, provides opportunities to offer cultural, educational, and entertaining events for our students and the surrounding community. In this venue, Ambler Campus, once home to the Temple University Music Festival and Institute, again can host music and dance performances as well as lectures.
Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) at Temple University Ambler
Jeffrey Featherstone, Ph.D., Director
Susan E. Spinella Sacks, M.S., Assistant Director
Md. Mahbubur Meenar, M.U.P., Assistant Director, Geographic Information Systems Operations and Research
West Hall, Second Floor
Criminal Justice Training Programs (CJTP)
Criminal Justice Training Programs, a division of the Department of Criminal Justice, is an interdisciplinary unit that has conducted training for a variety of criminal justice agencies and occupations since 1968. Each year, more than 3,000 criminal justice professionals attend programs offered by CJTP, including police officers, deputy sheriffs, state constables, legislative security officers, school security officers, and magisterial district court staff. Other activities include criminal justice continuing education programs for agencies allied to the criminal justice system, including public safety, citizen, and community groups. CJTP also is responsible for the development of training curricula for various occupations including distance-learning. Most recently, CJTP has been involved in the development of "ProRanger Philadelphia," an academic and technical skills training and paid internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train, and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service. Upon graduation from Temple University and successfully completing the ProRanger program, which includes a law enforcement training component, participants are placed in a permanent career tenure law enforcement park ranger position with the National Park Service. Current students in any major who are interested in federal law enforcement are encouraged to find out about the ProRanger Philadelphia program, and students completing their degree programs are eligible to attend the Police Academy in preparation for a career in law enforcement.
Susan E. Spinella Sacks, Coordinator; Assistant Director, Center for Sustainable Communities
James Duffy, Co-Coordinator; Public Relations and Web site Coordinator
Rachel Berger, Co-Coordinator; Marketing and Special Events Coordinator
Hosted by the Center for Sustainable Communities in the School of Environmental Design, EarthFest is an outdoor educational celebration of Earth Day held each year at Temple University Ambler. The mission of EarthFest is to promote environmental awareness using sustainable concepts, methods, and practices to protect and preserve our environment. Organizations, businesses, colleges, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, and individuals demonstrate sustainable concepts and technologies. Thousands of students from all over the region come together and spend time learning about the world in which we live and the interconnected systems on which the lives of people and animals depend. This event is central to Ambler's values of student-centered learning, respect for the environment, and community engagement.
Anne Brennan, Horticulture and Ambler Arboretum Supervisor
Infant Study Lab
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., Co-Director
Nora Newcombe, Ph.D., Co-Director
The 72,000-square-foot Learning Center opened in Fall 2006. With its smart classrooms, wireless technology, computer classrooms, and auditorium, the Learning Center is the focal point for student learning at Ambler.
School of Environmental Design
The Ambler Campus is the home of the School of Environmental Design which includes the Department of Community and Regional Planning, the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, and the Center for Sustainable Communities. Ambler Campus has been connected to sustainable concepts and environmental stewardship for over a century. The School of Environmental Design upholds the environmental traditions established by the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women founded in 1911 and carried forward by its founding Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture. See the School of Environmental Design section of this Bulletin.
Leadership Awards at Ambler Campus
For more information on leadership awards, contact the Office of Student Life. (See below.)
Office of Student Life
For current students, this office supports and complements the university's academic mission by promoting social, cultural, educational, and developmental programs for the students at Ambler. The office provides opportunities through campus-wide programming and student organizations for students to develop special skills and interests, to interact regularly with other students, to plan and manage events, to participate in leadership training and self-governance, and to become involved in community-service projects.
Student Activities Office
For information about student organizations in the Fox School of Business and Management, please refer to that section of the Bulletin.
Student Government Association
Off-Site Class Location
Temple University Fort Washington (TUFW)
The Temple University Fort Washington Graduate and Professional Education Center is the teaching site for some of Temple University Ambler’s graduate programs. Located in the Fort Washington Office Park, the center has about 350 attending students and features corporate-style classrooms, five (5) smart classrooms with wireless infrastructure, video-conference rooms, and a large 30-seat computer classroom. Students may complete master’s degrees in various graduate-level program areas. (See the Degree Program Chart for a listing of the programs that can be completed entirely at the Fort Washington Campus.)
The Office of Non-Credit and Continuing Education, located at Ambler campus, provides hundreds of non-credit courses throughout the year and offers them at the Fort Washington, Ambler, and Center City campuses of Temple. From certificates in meeting planning and digital photography to summer education camps for young learners, the non-credit courses are designed to enhance professional skills and enrich personal interests. Workshops are also available to prepare for the SAT.
Temple University Fort Washington's LifeLong Learning Society is comprised of a series of courses offered in the daytime during the fall and spring semesters for adults ages 50 and up with an interest in furthering their education. These personal enrichment courses range from explorations of classical music to discussions of current events.
For contact information or updates, go to www.temple.edu/ambler/about/directories.htm
(See the School of Environmental Design section of this Bulletin for a listing of faculty and administrators in the Departments of Community and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture and Horticulture.)
William E. Parshall, Executive Director of Ambler and Center City Campuses, M.P.A., Princeton University
Crisbel Baez, Manager of Administration, M.L.A., Temple University
Jenny Rose Carey, Director, Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, B.Sc., Southampton University, England
Marylou Delizia, Director, The Office of Non-Credit and Continuing Education, M.Ed., Temple University
Bonnie Frumer, Assistant Dean for Curriculum, M.A., Temple University
Rhonda E. Geyer, Director, Non-Credit Programs, B.A., Mansfield University
Susan Hyer, Director, Computer Services, M.Ed., Beaver College (Arcadia University)
Saul Katzman, Director of Finance and Operations, B.B.A., Temple University
Kathleen Kelly, Assistant Director-Academic Services and Administration
Wanda Lewis-Campbell, Assistant Dean for Student Life, Ed.D., Temple University
Linda M. Lowe, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs, B.A., Duquesne University
Susan McCaffrey, Director-Academic Advising; Disability Resources and Services Coordinator, M.S., Western Maryland College
Laura S. Reddick, Associate Director for Adult and Veteran Student Recruitment, M.A., Antioch University
Sandra Thompson, Head, Ambler Campus Library, M.L.S., Drexel University
James Van Blunk, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, M.S.Ed., Saint Joseph's University
(See the School of Environmental Design section of this Bulletin for a listing of staff in the Departments of Community and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture and Horticulture.)
Michael Bavas, Senior Technical Support Specialist, Computer Services, M.I.S., Kennedy Western University
Don Baldino, Evening Librarian, M.S.L.S., Drexel University
Rachel Berger, Coordinator, Marketing and Special Events, M.S., Temple University
Anne Brennan, Horticulture and Arboretum Supervisor, ISA Certified Arborist, B.S., The Pennsylvania State University
Dorothy Busillo, Administrative Assistant and Meeting Coordinator, Temple University Fort Washington, B.S., Millersville University
James Duffy, Public Relations and Web Site Coordinator, M.S.Ed., Temple University
Andrea Goldstein, Librarian, M.S.L.S., Drexel University
Barbara Kirsch, Coordinator of Financial Services, A.A.S., Montgomery County Community College
Brian McDonnell, Manager, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, B.A., Saint Joseph's University
Sonia Medina, Office Manager, Academic Advising
Paul Myers, Recreation Specialist, M.Ed., East Carolina University
Larry O'Reilly, Senior Technical Support Specialist, Computer Services, Temple University Fort Washington, B.B.A., Temple University
Reid Overturf, Manager of Technical Support, Computer Services
Debra Powell-Wright, Administrative Coordinator, Admissions, B.A., Antioch University
Karen Pyle, Media Coordinator of Classroom Technology Support, B.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Kathleen Rickards, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management, Fox School of Business and Management, B.B.A., Temple University
Gray Rogers, Director of Food Services for Sodexo
Neal Russell, Financial Aid Counselor I, Student Financial Services, M.Ed., Temple University
Lorraine Warner, Administrative Coordinator, Fox School of Business and Management
Michelle Whiting, Administrative Specialist, Finance and Operations
(See the School of Environmental Design section of this Bulletin for a listing of faculty and advisors in the Departments of Community and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture and Horticulture.)
Cynthia Belliveau, Coordinator of Adult and Organizational Development, Ph.D., Temple University
Robert Deegan, Acting Director, Temple University Police Academy, A.S., Yuba Community College
Lucille D'Emilio-Wilkinson, Academic Advisor II/ Career Coordinator, M.A., La Salle University
Jeffrey Featherstone, Director, Center for Sustainable Communities, Ph.D., Temple University
Lisa Fell, Academic Advisor II, M.S.S.W., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Co-Director, Infant Lab, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Deborah Howe, F.A.I.C.P., Chair and Professor, Department of Community and Regional Planning, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Pauline Hurley-Kurtz, R.L.A., A.S.L.A., Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, M.L.A., University of Pennsylvania
Cheryl Irons, Coordinator of Criminal Justice, J.D., Ph.D., Temple University
Wendy Lebing, Assistant Dean, QA/RA Program, M.A.L.D., Tufts University; M.S., Temple University
Cheryl Leeser, Academic Advisor II, M.A., Immaculata College
Mia K. Luehrmann-Cowan, Assistant Dean, College of Science and Technology, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana
Md. Mahbubur Meenar, Assistant Director, Geographic Information Systems Operations and Research, Center for Sustainable Communities, M.U.P., State University of New York at Buffalo
Nora Newcombe, Co-Director, Infant Lab, Ph.D., Harvard University
Kenneth G. Schaefer, Ambler CITE Liaison, Ph.D., Columbia University
John Sorrentino, Coordinator of Economics, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Purdue University
Susan E. Spinella Sacks, Assistant Director, Center for Sustainable Communities, M.S., Temple University
Janine C. Warnas, Senior Academic Advisor, M.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College
Christie Willard, Coordinator, Deputy Sheriffs' Training Program, M.S., West Chester University
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