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Spring: 2011 / 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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Two New Programs for Fall 2011

Temple University Harrisburg is pleased to announce the Master of Public Health program beginning fall 2011 at the Harrisburg campus.

The Master of Public Health program concentration is in Social and Behavioral Science (SBS).

The Master of Public Health program is offered at the Harrisburg campus, which is conveniently accessible to Hershey, Lancaster, Lebanon, York and Central Pennsylvania.

In cooperation with the Teaching and Learning Center at main campus, starting in the fall 2011 semester, TUH will offer the graduate certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (T.H.E.).

This certificate program consists of two 3-credit graduate classes, one in the fall 2011 semester and one in the spring 2012 semester at Temple University Harrisburg.

The THE certificate is designed for those who teach or plan to teach at the college and university level. These courses will enrich students´ knowledge of how people learn in any discipline, give best practices to employ in the classroom, and provide a credential that will further a career in higher education.

For more information about both programs, please check our website: http://www.temple.edu/harrisburg

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Free Tax Preparation for Low-Income Families at Temple Harrisburg

Speakers from the Money In Your Pocket Kickoff held at Temple University Harrisburg on January 28, 2011. (From left to right) Joe Solari, SPEC agent with the IRS, Christopher Rockey, Vice President of Community Development Banking at PNC, Heidi Neuhaus, Director of The Volunteer Center, and Michael Hussey, Associate Professor of Law at Widener University School of Law and member of the Money In Your Pocket Steering Committee.

Temple University Harrisburg partners with the United Way of the Capital Region as part of the Money in Your Pocket Campaign. Low- to moderate-income families can receive free tax preparation services January 31 - April 18 at Temple University Harrisburg and other sites in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties.

The Money In Your Pocket Campaign is a community collaboration of organizations committed to the economic stability of local families. The program aims to increase use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).

Volunteers will prepare computerized, electronic returns through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Tax Income Assistance (VITA) program, which is designed to provide low-income families with help completing federal and state returns, and obtaining rebates.

“Last year, 175 Money In Your Pocket volunteers helped file 2,875 returns,” said Heidi Neuhaus, Director of United Way of the Capital Region’s (UWCR) Volunteer Center. “This returned more than $3.6 million in refunds and credits to our community.”

The Money in Your Pocket campaign has also received financial support from the U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service; PNC Foundation; Walmart Foundation; and the Community Action Association of PA.

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New Face at Institute on Protective Services at TUH

Mary Foxhoven, MSW, LSW has recently been hired as a new Program Coordinator for the Institute on Protective Services. Mary is an alumna of Temple University, Harrisburg. She will be responsible for assisting Dr. Ronald W. Costen, Director with case consultations to PA Area Agencies on Aging and law enforcement. She will also be assisting in the overall management of the Institute. She was a nursing home social worker during the first half of her career, then worked as an adult protective service investigator for 4 years with Lancaster County Adult Protective Services. Her last position before coming to Temple was a medical social worker at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. She comes with much experience, knowledge, and passion for working with elderly consumers who have been victimized.

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Family Development Credential (FDC) Program at TUH Marks its First Year

Temple University Harrisburg became the new home for FDC in January 2010 and the National Family Development Program has continued to grow and expand. In the past year, since TUH began administering the FDC program, over 750 Family Development Credentials and 60 Family Development Leadership Credentials have been issued. Currently, Pennsylvania leads the nation with 560 credentials conferred in 12 participating counties. Alabama, Colorado, and Georgia are the other partner states.

The purpose of the Family Development Credential program is to ensure that family development workers have the basic knowledge and skills for working with families. These workers become more adept in their facilitation with families toward the goals of achievement and maintenance of self-sufficiency. TUH is proud to be part of the growth of FDC nationally and locally. The FDC Program through Temple University Harrisburg anticipates continued collaborations and expansions in 2011 and beyond.

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The MSW program at Temple Harrisburg is meeting the need for professional education in rural regions of the state: Students now enrolled in Temple MSW classes located on the campus of Misericordia University

Temple University Harrisburg manages several MSW cohort programs that operate at off site locations, including Lancaster, Mahanoy City, DuBois, Huntingdon and Mansfield. The Spring 2011 semester marks the start of classes for the newest location in Dallas, PA at Misericordia University. Misericordia University is located approximately two hours northeast of Harrisburg. The program was developed because of the requests from residents in that area of the state. The need for graduate level trained social workers has been increasing in rural areas and it has been difficult to attract professionals to move into the region.

The solution is to provide graduate social work education that is accessible to working people through the provision of part-time evening and weekend based programs in the communities where they live. Through a combination of full-time faculty coming from the Harrisburg campus, local adjunct faculty and courses delivered online, the Temple University MSW program is becoming a high quality portable program available to many underserved areas of the state.

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Student Spotlight: Trisha Powers

Trisha Powers, MSW student at TUH, had a paper accepted for full presentation at the annual meeting of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society to be held in Abscom, New Jersey on May 1-3, 2011. Her paper “Family Finding: Evaluation Design Utilizing Practice-Based Evidence” was developed in her Fall 2010 Evaluation of Clinical Practice course taught by Dr. Barry Nazar and was judged as one of the three top-ranked student paper proposals. She will receive a $400 honorarium. The independent reviewers were from the Urban Institute. The competition included many doctoral candidates from schools throughout the northeast.

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International Social Work Group: Beyond Our Borders (BOB)

Temple Harrisburg’s MSW students who were interested in spreading awareness of international social work issues formed the BOB group in 2009. Last semester they initiated a new activity which is expanding this semester. In the fall, they held fair and direct trade coffee education and sales. Now this semester, they have planned to add fair trade chocolate sales. On February 24 2011, they held a free screening of the documentary, “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” which explores child labor in the chocolate industry overseas, and why social workers should care. BOB members also publish an online newsletter which lists upcoming international events in the community and news of important international social work projects and organizations. For more information or any questions, please: contactbob@temple.edu.

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Student Alliance News

The TUH Student Alliance has several activities planned for the spring semester. The book drive through Better World Books is continuing and the proceeds from the drive will go toward literacy programs in the US. On March 15, 2011 from 2pm to 6pm, the Student Alliance will sponsor a Red Cross blood drive in Strawberry Square. Everybody is invited to come and help save a life. Preparations have begun for the Career Fair on March 1st. Students will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from agencies, companies and organizations in the Central PA area.

On February 28, in recognition of Black History Month, the TUH Student Alliance held a screening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech "I Have a Dream" at the TUH campus at 5:30pm. Header

NEST Activities Help Non-Profits

It’s been a busy winter as Temple’s Nonprofit Evaluation Services and Training Center (NEST) continues its work to empower nonprofits to increase organizational capacity and program effectiveness. Temple NEST is partnering with The Foundation for Enhancing Communities to develop a series of “Lunch & Learn” forums to bring community stakeholders together for networking, and fellowship, as well as training about topics such as grant writing, program evaluation, and organizational culture. A dynamic website and e-mail database would sustain this community conversation between workshop sessions. Another NEST activity is an asset and gap assessment for Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 to identify resources to help schools collaboratively address issues related to substance abuse, safety and youth development. Representatives of NEST conducted more than a dozen interviews with school officials in December and January as part of this assessment. NEST also recently completed a needs study of problem gambling in Dauphin County. Additional development of this project is expected, including a mini-conference in Harrisburg.

Upcoming NEST trainings at Temple University Harrisburg include a four-session workshop series titled “Building Evaluation Capacity” Feb. 23 and March 2, 9 and 16, and a basic grant writing workshop March 24.

For more information about NEST and its projects, visit the NEST website: http:// www.templenest.org. The site also features links to NEST’s monthly e-newsletter, job postings, funding opportunities and training events.

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Upcoming Events at Temple University Harrisburg:

  • 3/1: Student Alliance Social Work Career Fair
  • 3/15: Student Alliance Red Cross blood drive - 2pm-6pm in Strawberry Square
  • 2/23,3/2,3/9,3/16: TUH NEST workshop “Building Evaluation Capacity”
  • 3/24: Basic Grant Writing Workshop at TUH
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