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July: 2009 / 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

Social work, education students partner to serve St. Lucia

Social Work, Education Students Partner to Serve St. Lucia

For many college students, the brief respite between the spring and summer semesters is a time of rest and relaxation. But for three students from Temple University Harrisburg, the break provided an opportunity to take knowledge gained in the classroom and use it to serve others.

Megan Flinchbaugh, Christina Reardon and Dennis Reardon were among a group of volunteers who recently traveled to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. There, they implemented antipoverty and social development projects in Vieux Fort, a town on the southern tip of the country. Megan Flinchbaugh and Christina Reardon are Master of Social Work students, and Dennis Reardon graduated with a Master of Education degree in May. This marked the third time social work students from TUH have visited St. Lucia, and the first time an education student joined the trip. Read More ->

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Temple Harrisburg Student Studies in Germany

Clare Cowen, Temple Harrisburg Masters of Social Work student, and Link Martin, TUH Director, discuss Clare's recent return from Germany. Clare spent the 2008-09 academic year living and studying in Berlin. She performed her advanced MSW field placement in a counseling agency in Berlin and attended social work classes at Temple Harrisburg via internet conferencing. Clare will be taking her final MSW classes at TUH in fall 2009 and graduating from Temple in January 2010.

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Coffee Breaks for Temple Alumni

In celebration of the School of Social Administration’s 40th Anniversary and 30th Anniversary of the social work program at Temple University Harrisburg the organizing committee for Alumni activity in Harrisburg has initiated a traveling Coffee Break taking coffee and TUH information to community hubs where alumni work. The purpose of these events is twofold: first, to recognize and thank MSW's who chose Temple; and second, to inform alumni about upcoming anniversary events and changes in SSA. Coffees have been held in Pottsville and Harrisburg, to date. Scheduling will be occurring with Carlisle, York and Lancaster throughout the summer.

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Efforts to Organize a Temple Alumni Group in Harrisburg

A group of Harrisburg area Alumni are evaluating interest in the development of a Harrisburg area alumni group. This group would move forward the interests and concerns of TUH and satellite campus alumni. Ideas are already being floated (such as: development of an alumni database accessible to graduates, peer consultation, professional training opportunities, and social events). If you are interested in becoming an active member of this fledgling group, or have ideas to offer, please contact Virginia (Bruner) Teter MSW ’85 at: vteter@temple.edu

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TUH Professor elected to Board of Directors for Easter Evaluation Research Society

Dr. Barry Nazar, TUH-NEST Research Fellow at Temple University Harrisburg, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS). EERS is an affiliate of the American Evaluation Association and holds an annual conference each Spring, where Dr. Nazar has presented papers and workshops over the past several years pertaining to program evaluation. Students who are interested in presenting papers, posters, or other presentations at next Spring's Conference should contact Barry at nazar@temple.edu. For more information about EERS see www.eers.org/

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TUH-NEST staff perform training in Massachusetts

Three agencies in Massachusetts: Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. Community Teamwork, Inc and Montachusetts Opportunity Council are collaborating on a project called Community Action Access Points. Part of that project involved training staff to more effectively interview clients, develop plans and work more efficiently with clients to achieve outcomes. The project heads requested a customized workshop to be offered to front line staff in a morning and afternoon session the first day incorporating their pre-assessment tool and based on the research/writing of Barry Nazar-The Helping Interview: Advice for Community Action Case Managers (2006).

Lynn Notestine, Assistant Director of TUH developed and presented the training in Lowell, Massachusetts. Through TUH NEST program Lynn developed and presented two sessions to approximately 40 front line staff on "How to Conduct a Helping Interview". The training was so well received that the project heads asked NEST to incorporate the training into the rest of the trainings for the week-which we were successful in accomplishing.

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TUH staff to present at Community Action Conference

Barry Nazar, DPA, and Lynn Notestine, MSW, will present two workshops at the Annual Conference of the Community Action Partnership to be held in Philadelphia, September 2-5, 2009. One entitled “Ten Minute Intake” describes an assessment protocol for establishing baselines in 17 domains of self sufficiency. The other entitled “The Helping Interview” presents motivational enhancement techniques for case managers. For more information about the Conference see www.communityactionpartnership.com/.

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MSW Huntingdon Cohort Graduation Celebration

MSW Juniata Cohort Graduation Celebration

On Saturday, July 11th, Temple University Harrisburg’s Masters of Social Work, Huntingdon cohort had a celebration to honor the recent graduates. The celebration was held at Juniata College in the Performing Arts Center. All the graduates wore their graduation regalia. It was an emotional day for the cohort, full of hugs, smiles and tears of joy. Student speaker, Amelia McGinnis, gave a motivational speech to her fellow classmates as she reminisced on their time together and the journey they were ending, while starting another chapter of their lives with their MSW degree. 200 friends, family and co-workers came out to support the graduates. Congratulations to the TUH Huningdon cohort.

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Upcoming Events at Temple University Harrisburg:

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TUH Graduation Celebration Dates

  • August 8th , Lancaster Social Work cohort