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    OCTOBER 7, 2004
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2005 Great Teacher Award nominations sought

President David Adamany has announced the 16th year of formal recognition by the University of great teachers.

The Temple University Great Teacher Awards were established in 1988 by the Board of Trustees, and each year Temple selects five outstanding faculty members to be honored as Great Teachers. Each is presented with a commemorative sculpture by professor Stanley Lechtzin of the Tyler School of Art and a stipend of $15,000 at a special convocation. Each recipient’s name is engraved in the wall of Founders Garden. The convocation helps focus attention on Temple’s tradition of excellence in teaching, while recognizing the achievements of the individual winners.

More information on the awards can be found at www.temple.edu/about/great_teachers.html.

Construction update: Notice to the Temple community

With the second phase of the Student Center renovation under way, 13th Street between Cecil B. Moore and Montgomery avenues is closed to automobile traffic weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through the duration of the construction project. Pedestrian traffic is being directed to the west side of 13th Street (expected completion date: September 2005).

All Temple shuttle buses that stopped along 13th Street are now stopping on 12th Street above Montgomery Avenue, across from the vendors’ pad. The department of Facilities Management will be installing a bus shelter at that location.

In the 1800 block of Liacouras Walk, a construction fence has been erected around the cluster of townhouses under renovation. The fence extends into Montgomery Avenue and blocks a section of sidewalk on the north side of the street. Pedestrians are encouraged to cross Montgomery Avenue to the south side and not to walk in the street along the fence line (expected completion date: November 2005).

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we build on the excellence that is Temple University.

Psychiatry department opens office in Center City

To meet the growing demand for mental health care, the School of Medicine psychiatry department has added a Center City location for patient appointments. The new office is located at 255 S. 17th St., suite 2710.

Highly experienced senior faculty will hold hours on Wednesday mornings. Services include psychiatric assessment and ongoing treatment, as well as medication evaluation and management. In addition, psychological testing for patients of all ages will be available.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 215-707-8496.

Participants needed for telemedicine study

If you are at risk for heart disease, you might be interested in participating in a new research study at the School of Medicine and Temple University Hospital. Cardiologist Alfred Bove and assistant research professor Carol Homko are investigating the use of telemedicine in reducing heart disease risk.

“We are looking for people age 18 or older with any of the following risk factors: diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and smokers,” Homko said. “Individuals need to be living at home and have access to a telephone.”

Study participants are assigned to one of two groups. Both groups monitor their heart health in partnership with their doctors. But one group will work with their doctors via the Internet and one group will do so over the phone and in person.

The study is made possible through a grant from the state Department of Health. For more information, contact Homko at 215-707-1560 or homkoc@temple.edu.

Ex-Wolverine named assistant women’s basketball coach

Former University of Michigan standout Darius Taylor has been named an assistant women’s basketball coach. Taylor’s hiring completes the staff of head coach Dawn Staley.

Taylor was most recently the assistant director of competitive programs at USA Basketball. He was a four-year letterwinner and co-captain as a senior at Michigan, where he became a Big Ten Academic All-American. Taylor worked with the USA Basketball women’s program, overseeing team operations, during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Taylor is a 2000 graduate of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management and communications.