September: 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 Capital Semester

Temple University Capital Semester Kickoff

The first ever Temple University Harrisburg Capital Semester kicked off Tuesday, September 1st with a reception at the International House. The Capital Semester is a group of 9 undergraduate students that are doing internships at the state Capitol, while taking classes at Temple Harrisburg and living at the International House. Dr. Joseph McLaughlin, Director and Michelle Atherton, Assistant Director for the Institute of Public Affairs were instrumental in their work with Temple University Harrisburg Director, Link Martin, to get the Capital Semester up and running. With the help of Michael Cassidy, Executive Director for the Office of the Democratic Caucus Chairman, 9 students were placed in offices at the Capital as closely related to their majors as possible. Social work graduate students, Terry Karanen, Katie Kopco and Kristina Reardon helped to welcome the new undergraduates with some advice and encouragement over a nice dinner served by Bricco Restaurant. The evening concluded with decadent desserts and coffee at TUH.


Student Highlight

Sean RossmanSean Rossman, a journalism student, in the Pennsylvania Capital Semester program wanted to have the experience of writing for a service that covers almost everything newsworthy in the Capitol and in more depth than the daily newspapers. Sean already put his knowledge to work, and was published in the Capitol Recap. This publication is a comprehensive daily review of events in the Pennsylvania Capitol. Sean’s story covered the budget crisis. Sean has only been at his internship for 1 week and is already in print.


Dr. Dave Zanis named Director of NEST

Dave ZanisDr. Dave Zanis, Associate Professor in the College of Health Professions and Social Work, has been appointed as the part-time Director of the Nonprofit Evaluation, Services, and Training (NEST) Program of Temple University Harrisburg (TUH). NEST is designed to build capacity of Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations through technical assistance, educational workshops, consultation, and evaluative research. Dr. Zanis will guide the development of NEST and provide oversight to the work NEST offers to nonprofits such as current projects with Hamilton Health Center, Lincoln IU, The Caring Place and The Center for Applied Management Practices.


Temple University Professor James Corbin, MSW, LSW presents "Our Growing Knowledge of the Brain: How Neuroscience Informs Clinical Practice"

James CorbinThis presentation was given to the intermediate to advanced level clinical social workers and practitioners at the headquarters of PA Counseling Services in Lebanon, PA on July 31, 2009.The audience discussed the gross anatomy of the brain. The presenter described advances in neuroscience and its applications for work in therapy and practice in human service. This included the concept of mirroring and application of developments in infant research and neuroscience to clinical practice with clients, particularly children. The presenter provided instruction based on his academic writings and extensive experience in working with children and adolescents in both the residential treatment and private practice arenas. The presentation addresses the issues of practice competency, the biopsychosocial approach to human behavior, and uniqueness of the individual in dealing with clients.


Temple University Harrisburg, Student Financial Services Specialist, Shellie Smith provides community outreach

Shellie SmithOne of Shellie's many tasks at TUH is community outreach. Shellie has taken this task head on and has invested hours of service. Shellie attended the 1st Annual Harrisburg African American Celebration, held at the Armory in Harrisburg. Lisa Spriggs Entertainment hosted and coordinated the celebration.

The very first AFRAM festival held in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. The celebration consisted of vendors, businesses and schools owned and/or operated by African Americans. On August 7th 2009 Shellie attended, along with TUH Director Link Martin, the Dauphin County Cultural Festival. The Dauphin County Commissioners & Cultural Celebration Task Force held the annual Cultural Festival in downtown Harrisburg in front of the Dauphin County Courthouse. The festival was hosted by Valerie Pritchett from ABC 27 News & Iya Isoke from 95.3 The Touch. The family activities provided by Dauphin County Drug & Alcohol Department. There was entertainment by the American Legion Soul Stepper's & Drum Corps, the YMCA Camp Curtin Steppers, McGinley School Irish Dance and the following artist's performed, Three The Hard Way, Kindred and La Nueva Potencia and a vast array of talented young people doing their thing.

Temple University Harrisburg set up a table with games and giveaways. The event produced a huge turnout from the community. On August 29th, 2009, Shellie also attended the Communities in Action Day, Job & Business Fair held at Harrisburg Hospital, Brady Hall. Reclaim The Streets Ministries established the CIA back in 2003, and this is Temple's second year participating. The goal is to raise the level of community awareness and participation in the transformation of the City of Harrisburg and to bring the communities in Harrisburg together to establish a collaborative network of information and resources.


Temple Harrisburg expands to Clearfield County in Fall 2009

Temple Dubuis StudentsTemple University Harrisburg's School of Social Work welcomed its first class of twenty Masters of Social Work students taking classes in DuBois, Clearfield County. In response to requests from members of the Clearfield County Community Temple's School of Social Work designed a part-time cohort MSW program to meet the needs of that community. The students will take classes on the campus of Dubois Business College and complete their MSW degree in three years.


TUH’s NEST Helps Local Health Center Secure Federal Grant

Temple NestA recent NEST success is a collaboration with the Hamilton Health Center (HHC) of Harrisburg, PA. A grant funded project was awarded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Grant funds are approximately $2million over five years.

The project aims at eliminating disparities in perinatal health among minorities. African American and Latina women are at greater risk for low birth weight babies, congenital disorders, and infant mortality & morbidity. HHC provides a continuum of health care for prenatal, obstetric, and postnatal phases. The “Healthy Start” project builds upon these services by adding a social work outreach and intervention utilizing community health workers to engage the at-risk populations in the appropriate use of these services and certain lifestyle changes that promote perinatal health. The coordinator of the project is Kristin Bowser, who is an MSW graduate of TUH, class of 2008.

The Temple NEST is the designated external evaluator of the project. The evaluation effort will include a systematic data collection plan using various screening and assessment instruments and follow up outcome measures, including exit interviews by MSW graduate students. The project is funded for five years. Commencing from the second year (Summer 2010), graduate internships will be available for Temple students who want to participate in the project, or participate in the evaluation. click for more


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