March: 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


Family Development Credential News

Since our first meeting of Family Development Credential state coordinators in January we are pleased that Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania partnered with TUH.

Temple University Harrisburg is hosting the Pennsylvania FDC program's Advisory Committee Meeting on March 18, 2010. In addition, PA-FDC will hold two Instructors' Institutes the first April 19-23 in Pittsburgh and the second May 3-7 at TUH. Congratulations to Nicole Hewitt, Betsy Crane and Barbara Mooney!!-- Their article titled "The Family Development Credential Program: A Synthesis of Outcome Research on an Empowerment Based Human Service Training Program" has been published in the journal Families in Society. It can be accessed online at familiesinsociety.org/currentissue.asp and will be available in print after March 1st.

Families in Society journal is a forum for new research and emerging trends in the delivery and management of social services. Nicole Hewitt, MSW is a doctoral candidate ABD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Betsy Crane, PhD is a professor at Widner University, and Barbara Mooney, PhD is training director at Community Action Association of Pennsylvania, FDC State Coordinator for Pennsylvania, and National FDC Program Consultant for TUH.

Congratulations also to Dr. Deborah B. Smith and Dr. Nancy E. Day their abstract titled "Teaching Resistance with On the Job Training: The Case of the Missouri Family Development Credential Program" was accepted by the 6th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference at Keelee University in Straffordshire U.K. They will present on how the FDC program enables its graduates to claim power over their work environment thus shifting the balance of power typically held exclusively by supervisors. Dr. Smith is Associate Professor Sociology/Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Dr. Day is Associate Professor Human Resources and Organizational Behavior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


TUH Community Outreach

Four TUH staff members participated in an African American Read-In on February 5, 2010 at the Hamilton School in the Harrisburg School District. Rebecca Traub, TUH Librarian; Shellie Smith, TUH Student Financial Services Specialist; Chad Harnish, TUH LAN Administrator and Kari Leaver, TUH Social Work Administrative Assistant, took their time to attend this read in at the Hamilton School. TUH Education graduate Tara Witherow, who works at the Hamilton School, informed TUH staff of the event. The school’s student council in cooperation with the National Council of Teachers of English sponsored the event as part of the Black History Month celebration. The TUH staff, along with other community members, read to and with the Hamilton School students. The student council members served as guides and hosts for a small reception after the read-in.


TUH on the Radio

TUH Social Lecturer James Corbin was a guest speaker on Radio Smart Talk where he discussed Reactive Attachment Disorder. Professor Corbin has written extensively regarding this subject. The show aired live from 9am to 10am on Tuesday February 23rd, 2010 right after 'All Things Considered' on WITF 89.5 FM.


TUH Education News

Temple University Harrisburg, Masters of Education graduate Mary Frey, was recently published in The Administrator, February 2010 Edition. Wendy M. Frey is a fifth-grade teacher at the Phineas Davis Elementary School in the York City School District. She has more than 10 years of experience in the district seruing as a subsfitute teacher, fifth grade teacher and also teaching a fourth and fifth grade class split during the 2008-2009 schoo year. ln addition, she served as an emotional support teacher at York County School of Technology for one year.

Mrs. Frey’s artcile called Kids to Careers, discusses "lmproving the odds for severely at risk children to achieve success in school and in their adult lives constantly challenges educators and social workers a like" (Jordan,2006). The alarmingly high drop out rate in the York City School District pointed to the need for a program that would work to help reverse the trend and to encourage the students to become more involved and committed to their education. Finding a method to address this challenge was the motivation for York City's innovatives school-to-work activities at the elementary level. Participation in the Phineas Davis Elementary Kids'-to-Carerrs program changed the paradigm from which students viewed opportunities for their future by expanding their vision of viable career paths."

Read the full article written by Mrs. Frey.



Temple University's NEST - Nonprofit Evaluation Services and Training Center - provides nonprofit organizations with an independent, research-based approach toward increasing program effectiveness and organizational capacity. Based in Temple University Harrisburg, the NEST serves Central Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas.

As one way of offering support to the Pennsylvania nonprofit community, Temple NEST offers low-cost and/ or free training opportunities. Some on the NEST's upcoming training events are:

  • "Demystifying State Charity Registration Laws" webinar. This FREE webinar event will take place on Thursday March 18, 2010 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Registration is required and interested persons can register by visiting www.templenest.org. The webinar presenter is Tony Martignetti, Esq. - a Temple University School of Law Alumni - and Managing Director of Martignetti Planned Giving Advisors, LLC. He will explain state charity registration laws, what a "solicitation" is, where nonprofits need to register, what exemptions exist, and how to get started. He'll cover Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey registration and leave participants with a sensible plan for getting into compliance everywhere a nonprofit solicits.

Click here to find out about more NEST workshops.


TUH Social Work Career and Internship Fair

The 3rd annual social work career and internship fair was held at TUH on Tuesday March, 2nd. For the 3rd year in a row the Social Work Student Alliance worked hard to provide career and internship opportunities for their peers.

Over 50 graduate social work students turned out to visit with 27 vendors, ranging from social work agencies, couseling services and hospitols. NASW, CBHNP and NHS were in attendance along with the American Red Cross and Social Work Job Bank, this is just to name a few. Many other local area organizations attended this years’ career fair.

The career fair was a success for vendors and students. One vendor was quoted when leaving saying, “I had a ball, this was a great event, I collected some great resumes. We will back next year.” Congratulations are in order for the Social Work Student Alliance.


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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