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April: 2010 / Capital T is a monthly newsletter from Temple University Harrisburg (TUH) designed to share the events and news of Temple's involvement and activities in the capital region. | View this newsletter online

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President Hart at TUH

President Ann Weaver Hart hosted a reception at Temple University Harrisburg for state legislators and their staff on Monday evening, March 22. The Pennsylvania State Legislators joined fourteen Temple undergraduate students and their families in reviewing posters detailing research projects. The annual gathering at TUH of state officials highlights the opportunities that Temple provides to undergraduate students. Temple students engage in research ranging from medical science to cultural preservation. President Hart addressed the gathering on the impact Temple has on the state as a "brain gain", shown by such a large number of Temple alumni living and working in Pennsylvania.

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Temple University and Legislative Advocacy Day

Students from Temple Harrisburg Huntington based Masters of Social Work program joined hundreds of social workers from across the state in Harrisburg for the National Association of Social Workers - PA Chapter Legislative Advocacy Day on Wednesday, March 23, 2010. The students attended workshops on lobbying skills, participated in a rally in the Capitol Rotunda and spoke with their elected representatives.

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Temple University and the Fathering Program

Jay Fagan, D.S.W., Professor in the School of Social Work at Temple University was the presenter at the Fathering Program on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 at the Penn State Schuylkill Conference Center. The Fathering Program is a primer for health, corrections, education, and social service agencies to engage fathers in service delivery. Participants learned practical methods for working with fathers to facilitate increased father and family involvement. Header

Temple’s Family Development Credential Program News

Article published on Family Development Credential Program
Dr. Barbara Mooney, Program Consultant with Temple Harrisburg's Family Development Credential Program is a coauthor of the article titled "The Family Development Credential Program: A Synthesis of Outcome Research on an Empowerment Based Human Service Training Program" that has recently been published in the journal, Families in Society.

More States join Temple Harrisburg’s FDC program
Since the creation of Temple's Family Development Credential Program in January 2010, FDC agencies in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have joined the Temple program as partner agencies.

The National Advisory Committee of the Temple Family Development Credential Program

National FDC Meeting
The National Advisory Committee of the Temple Family Development Credential Program will be meeting on April 27, 2010 in Philadelphia.

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School Social Work Conference to be held at TUH

On Wednesday April 21st, the School of Social Work will host a conference at TUH. This conference can be used towards Act 48 and continuing education credits. School social work is defined as a specialized area of practice within the broad field of the social work profession. School social workers bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and student services team. A school social worker promotes and enhances the overall academic mission by providing services that strengthen home-school-community partnerships and alleviate barriers to learning. Our school social work conference offers a professional development series relevant to the specialized practice of school social work in an effort to advocate for high quality professional services to schools, students and families. For more information regarding this conference click here

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Temple NEST Assists Local Youth Center with Funding Proposal for After School Programming

Temple NEST assisted the Lower Paxton Youth Center in receiving a grant award in the latest round of grant competitions for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers from the PA Department of Education. The project will receive $350,000 in the first year and $240,000 in each of two subsequent years to provide after school programming for students at Swatara Middle School, in Dauphin County. The Swatara Middle School is part of the Central Dauphin School District and serves students from the Steelton, Highspire, and Oberlin areas.
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TUH scholars present at Penn State Hershey Medical Center Social Work Month Lecture Series

TUH Social Work Lecturer Chris Dubble and MSW student Meghan Van Hine presented at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center Social Work Month Lecture Series. Their presentation, Comprehensive Disaster Preparation and Response for Older Adults, highlighted the need to identify disaster management as a social justice issue. Traditionally, disasters have been viewed as random killers but through this lecture, participants were able to understand that disasters disproportionately affect vulnerable populations, such as older adults. Chris and Meghan also provided participants about best practice approaches to working with older victims during and after disasters as well as how to resolve ethical conflicts, which arise during disaster situations. This lecture series is one of the largest of its kind in South Central Pennsylvania. Approximately 300 social workers were in attendance.

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BOB comes to Temple University

A group of students at Temple University Harrisburg recently established Beyond Our Borders (BOB), an organization devoted to helping people gain a deeper understanding of how international events, global issues and diverse cultures shape social work practice. BOB’s goal is to give social workers relevant – and interesting – opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to serve international populations, both here and abroad. Nearly 20 people recently gathered at Passage to India Restaurant in Harrisburg to celebrate BOB's kick off, and many other exciting activities are in the works.

Temple students, alumni, faculty and staff from all cohorts and campuses are welcome to join BOB. If you are interested in learning more about BOB or want to receive updates about its activities, please send an e-mail to contactbob@temple.edu.

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Social Work Field Education Conference to be held at Temple University Harrisburg on April 30, 2010!

After the February 2010 blizzard interfered with plans to host a conference specific to social work field education, TUH SSW is planning to host a one day conference, Innovations in Field Education: Sharing Lessons Learned, on Friday April 30, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Temple Harrisburg campus at Strawberry Square. For more information regarding this conference click here.

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College of Educations Education Leadership Planning Session with Dean McGuire

Dean McGuire held an Education Leadership Planning Session at our Temple University Harrisburg campus to discuss critical issues directly related to student performance in surrounding school districts. We are bringing together a small, select group of visionary leaders and policymakers from central Pennsylvania to explore how our College of Education can play a central role in the education, leadership, support, and engagement of K-12 students, faculty and administrators. This planning session was held Wednesday, April 14th at the Harrisburg campus.

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