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December: 2010 / Capital T is a 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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First cohort of students enrolled in the Temple MSW program located on the campus of Mansfield University

Temple University Harrisburg has several cohorts that operate at off site locations, which are Lancaster, Pottsville, DuBois, and Juniata. The fall 2010 semester marks the start of classes for the newest cohort location in Mansfield, PA at Mansfield University. Mansfield University is located approximately two and a half hours from Harrisburg, PA and only approximately 30 minutes from Elmira, New York. There are students traveling from New York State into Pennsylvania to be part of Templeís MSW cohort at Mansfield University.
More about our Mansfield program

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2010 Fall Capital Semester

The 2nd annual Capital Semester students studied at Temple Harrisburg and at the Capital this fall. A group of 9 undergraduate students from main campus spent the semester at Temple Harrisburg. While at TUH, each student had an internship at the Capital in their area of study. Out of the 9 students there were 5 students from Political Science, 3 Social Work students and 1 Public Relations student. Joseph McLaughlin, Director of Institute of Public Affairs is currently working to recruit students for the fall 2011 Capital Semester.

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TUH Faculty member provides training for police and specialty units

James Corbin, Clinical Faculty at TUH, has provided training for Lancaster area police and specialty units, including swat team members, on serious mental health illnesses and crisis intervention. He has been a featured presenter for the Crisis Intervention Team that has received a grant to fund specialty training for local law enforcement professionals.

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Barry Nazar Presents Appreciative Inquiry Workshop at PCPA Conference

Barry Nazar, Senior Research Associate at Temple University Harrisburg, presented a workshop to the PA Community Providers Association (PCPA) entitled, "Reframing Evaluation with Appreciative Inquiry." The workshop was part of the Annual Conference of the PCPA held in Seven Springs, PA, October 5-7, 2010.

The philosophy underlying Appreciative Inquiry is that "organizations move toward what they study, and the questions we ask shape the future we create." By shaping evaluation toward discovery of "peak moments" or "peak performances," evaluation can support organizational learning that employs double-loop feedback as opposed to single-loop feedback mechanisms. Overall, the process promotes the factors that make peak performances happen.

Barry is scheduled to present a similar workshop to the National ROMA College of Certified Trainers in Louisville KY, October 21st, 2010. ROMA is, Results Oriented Management Accountability, a GRPA performance monitoring system sponsored by the Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families, DHHS.

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TUH Alumni Spotlight: Syngred Briddell

Temple University Harrisburg is pleased to announce the new Alumni Spotlight section of our campus website. TUH alumni are doing great things in our local community and we want to recognize all their hard work and efforts to make our community a better place. Our first student Alumni Spotlight feature is Syngred Briddell a December 2006 Masters of Social Work graduate of Temple University Harrisburg. Snygred recently started her own non profit organization, The Magnificent Minds Project. Click the link below to read the full article about Syngred's wonderful work and her new project. TUH alumni are doing exciting things.
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TUH Social Work Student Alliance Bookdrive

The TUH Social Work Student Alliance is putting on a campus book drive! All the books that are collected are sent to Better World Books (BWB). BWB in turn takes the money earned from the books and donates to an organization chosen by the student body of TUH, which is the National Center for Family Literacy (famlit.org). Additionally, the Student Alliance will receive money for facilitating the book drive. We have designated our earnings to support the Holy Cross Anglican School in Belize (holycrossbelize.org). The book drive will begin November 29th and the Alliance will collect books through May 2011. If you have any questions at all please contact: Megan Whitehead, Outreach Coordinator-TUH Social Work Student Alliance, at mmw2011@temple.edu or whitehead.megan@gmail.com or contact the Social Work Student Alliance at alliance@temple.edu.

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The TUH Social Work Alumni held a fundraiser for the Kristin Federici Bowser Scholarship Fund.

On Monday, October 18, 2010, Isaacís Restaurant & Deli (Harrisburg) hosted a fundraiser to benefit the Kristin Federici Bowser Scholarship Fund at Temple University. Students, faculty, and staff attended the event while supporting the Temple University Harrisburg Social Work Alumni fundraiser in memory of Kristin Federici Bowser. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total bill for those dining or ordering take-out went directly to the scholarship which was created by Kristinís parents to help other aspiring Social Workers and honor Kristinís dream. Kristin Federici Bowser was a 2008 MSW graduate of Temple University Harrisburg, who tragically lost her life in a car accident. A licensed social worker, she was the Program Director for Baby Love at Hamilton Health Center and a member representative of the National Association of Social Workers. The sales for the night were approximately $800 and Kristinís scholarship received a check for approximately $200.00.

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TUH and the Visiting Nurses Associate partnered to provide flu shots for TUH students

For the first time, Temple University Harrisburg partnered with the local area Visiting Nurses Association, VNA to provide flu shots to TUH students. Many students turned out for this free service and TUH plans to continue the partnership with the VNA to provide seasonal flu shots to the TUH students.

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TUH and Invisible Children

TU main campus student group Invisible Children, came to TUH on Thursday December 2nd to show a movie screening of the documentary Emmy: The Story of an Orphan. Two main campus sophomores, Whitney DiTaranto and Laura Speers travelled to TUH to represent the Temple University student group of Invisible Children. Whitney and Laura came to TUH to help make TUH students, faculty, staff, and community members aware of the current situation in Uganda. Whitney and Laura showed passion and determination in providing as much awareness to the situation in Uganda as possible. They showed a 22 minute video about Emmy. Emmyís story is like many children in Uganda. The wounds of war are not always inflicted by bullets, and the killers are not always soldiers. More than 11.6 million children are orphaned by AIDS in Africa, and like so many others, a young boy named Emmy is forced to grow up and find hope amidst incredible tragedy. Whitney and Laura also gave a brief explanation of the current state of Uganda, answered questions and informed TUH how everyone can help. TUH would like to thank Whitney and Laura for traveling to Harrisburg to present Emmyís story.

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Family Development Credentials (FDC) Update

The Temple National Family Development Program continues to expand and grow. On September 29, 2010 TUH hosted a 4th meeting of the Temple National FDC Board. Partners from across the country gathered to continue to collaborate on the National Family Development movement. We are pleased to have 11 partner states working together for the good of the National Family Development program.

Since January, TUH has issued over 750 Family Development Credentials and 60 Family Development Leadership Credentials, 198 of those credentials have been issued to our partner states of Alabama, Colorado and Georgia. The remaining 559 were issued in Pennsylvania encompassing 12 counties who have implemented FDC in their communities. We recently attended two FDC graduation celebrations. As was quoted in the Herald-Mail newspaper of Hagerstown, MD September 8 edition- "In the span of just six months, the field of professional human services took a big step toward improving the lives of many families in Franklin, Fulton and Adams counties. Twenty-four professionals successfully graduated as the first local class of the Family Development Credentialing Program, and a ceremony was held for them Wednesday evening at the Chambersburg Recreation Center." On September 28th we attended the 2010 Graduation Ceremony for Allegheny County FDC at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where 257 FDC graduates received their credential.
Learn more about Temple Harrisburg's FDC

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Ronald Hollm Invited Author to Eastern Evaluation Research Society

The Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) has invited Ronald Hollm, to present his work at the upcoming EERS Conference in May 2011. "Invited Authors" is a special tribute of the Society based on review of recent published work and nominations from the field. Ron will present his work on smoking cessation with emphasis on unique field strategies for recruiting subjects via motivational enhancement techniques. The work also employs outcome measures that utilize stages of change readiness scales. Much of Ronís work involves collaboration with other Temple University investigators, David Zanis and Jennifer Melochick. Other portions of his work draw from his forthcoming dissertation at Marywood University.

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