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May: 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

Temple University Harrisburg Career Fair Success
Melissa Trainor

Melissa Trainor, former Peace Corp volunteer and current masters of social work student attended the TUH Career Fair back in February. For her it was a huge success. The federal Fellows Program she was previously involved with ended on March 31st. The Career/Internship Fair was a great opportunity for Melissa and other students to learn about the variety of social service agencies in the central Pennsylvania area. Melissa was able to meet with several agency representatives, and found her new job at Justice Works YouthCare.

Melissa said “I am pleased that the Career/Internship fair was as successful as it was- on both a professional and educational level. On a professional level, I found a job and a possible future career track. On an educational level, I was fortunate enough to collaborate and assist in planning the event.” Congratulations goes to Melissa Trainor and her TUH Career Fair success. Way to go Melissa.

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Social Work Field Instructor Recognition Luncheon and Training

On Friday, May 1, 17 field instructors, faculty and staff gathered for the annual TUH-SSA Field Instructor Recognition Luncheon and Training. Link Martin, TUH Director, Tammy Carson-Sandman, Field Coordinator and Virginia Teter, Field Education Specialist thanked the social work professionals for the time they give to Temple and to the developing students in their field placements. This annual event is an opportunity to show gratitude and have a little fun. This year, the topic of the post luncheon workshop was “Self Care for Field Instructors.” While serious academic matters were discussed as related to student self care and burnout prevention, the group was also given the opportunity for some Friday folly and fun. The afternoon was concluded with participants inflating balloons and building towers with them, as well as some serious bubble blowing. Miraculously, all field instructors in attendance indicated that they wish to mentor TUH-MSW students again in the future.

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Temple Head Football Coach to Harrisburg

The Cedar Cliff Football Boosters are holding a spring fundraising dinner on Thursday, May 21, at Gullifty's Restaurant in Camp Hill. The fundraiser will feature Al Golden, head football coach of the Temple Owls. This event will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and include dinner, dessert and beverages. Organizers say they are continuing to work to try to rebuild the once-proud tradition at Cedar Cliff and are hoping with the motivation of Coach Golden that the fund raiser will be very profitable.

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Upcoming Events at Temple University Harrisburg:

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TUH Graduation Celebration Dates

  • May 11th , Pottsville Social Work cohort
  • May 16th , Temple University Harrisburg - All Programs
  • July 11th , Juniata Social Work cohort
  • August 8th , Lancaster Social Work cohort
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Donate a Life

TUH, Donate Life Pennsylvania and main campus joined forces to help Donate Life Pennsylvania in the Campus Challenge. The Campus Challenge has been hugely successful in other states and we were very excited to participate in the event for the first time in Pennsylvania. Simply known as "It's On!" the Campus Challenge took place throughout the month of April. In essence, the Campus Challenge is a friendly competition among the participating schools to see who will receive the top honors for registering the most number of donor designations through the donatelife-pa.org portal. Donate Life provided guidance and suggestions for students at each school, to use their own creativity in finding unique ways to register more donors. Shellie Smith, TUH Student Financial Services Specialist, along with the Social Work Student Alliance assisted Donate Life to register organ donors. We were happy to find that the majority of TUH students are already organ donors. The event was successful and we were happy to join forces with main campus for the cause.

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TUH Pottsville Graduation Celebration

On Monday, May 11th, TUH held a celebration at The Schuylkill Community Education Council for the May graduates in the Pottsville MSW cohort. The event was a success and enjoyed by all. We had a total of 12 graduates and approximately 70 friends and family attended the celebration. Guest graduation speaker was John C. Phillips. Mr. Phillips has been an adjunct instructor and a mentor for these students and was pleased to participate in the event drawing on his 40 years of social work experience. Mr. Phillips had encouraging words for the graduates and even added a little humor to his speech. TUH staff, Link Martin, Anne Eckert, Michele White, Kari Leaver and Virginia Teter also attended the event to support the Pottsville graduates. Congratulations TUH Pottsville graduates and good luck in your future endeavors.