Office decorating contest
Offices all over Main Campus decorated for Homecoming Week recently, displaying their school spirit and competing for Diamond Dollars and gift certificates to the Temple bookstore. Winners were announced last week at the Homecoming pep rally.
Human Resources’ Susan LaTorre won for Most Original/Creative office (left).
Other winners included Best Use of Theme: Student Activities; Best Use of Handmade Decorations: Tyler School of Art; Best Overall: Vice President for Student Affairs Office; Most Spirited Office: Career and Technical Education; and Best Newcomer: CITE (department of curriculum, instruction and technology in education) Office.
Evelyn Oates Transfer Scholar Award
Each year, two talented transfer students from the Community College of Philadelphia receive the Evelyn Oates Transfer Scholar Award, which gives the students $1,000 per year for up to three years.
Last week (from left to right), Glenn and William Oates attended the award ceremony with scholarship recipient Nathaniel Jordan, a criminal justice major. Also attending were Timm Rinehart, vice president for enrollment management, and Karin West, associate director for admissions.
Evelyn Oates was the first coordinator for transfer student credit evaluation at Temple and worked in the Admissions Office for more than 30 years before dying of cancer in 2002.
The other winner this year is English major Eurina Joshua (not pictured).
Temple pitches in at Philadelphia Cares Day
Jamie Nguyen sweeps the dirt into the dustpan that fellow freshman Nicole Clause holds on the roof of Dunbar Elementary School as part of Philly Cares Day on Oct. 2.
For the fourth consecutive year, Temple was a strong presence during the citywide Philadelphia Cares Day on Saturday, Oct. 2, as nearly 350 students clad in cherry Temple T-shirts entered the surrounding community to refurbish the city’s public schools. The event, part of Homecoming Week, showed the University’s commitment to serving its North Philadelphia neighbors.
“Our involvement in Philadelphia Cares was an overwhelming success, and the feedback from all parties was positive,” said Jason Riley, assistant director for community service. “It was quite a sight to witness, our 350 students marching into the community with their Temple colors. We were very well represented.”
Managed by Greater Philadelphia Cares, Philadelphia Cares Day invites volunteers to beautify the city’s public schools and create more functional learning environments. According to Riley, because of the massive pool of Temple volunteers, they were able to concentrate their efforts on three partnership schools near Main Campus: Ferguson Elementary (Seventh and Norris streets), Duckery Elementary (15th and Diamond streets) and Dunbar Elementary (12th Street and Montgomery Avenue). In all, the one-day event brought 12,000 volunteers into city schools.
As part of their service, Temple students planted trees and flowers at schools, applied fresh paint to worn areas, restored broken playground equipment and performed necessary upkeep in other neglected places.
The number of students involved marks a slight increase from past years. Riley attributes that uptick to a heavy presence among Temple’s Greek associations, as well as a service-minded freshman class.
“We’ve seen already that the latest class seems to put a lot into service,” he said. “They’re very energetic and enthusiastic.”
- Ted Boscia