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    NOVEMBER 11, 2004
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Temple to expand program pairing older adults, kids

Emboldened by its success in pairing older volunteers with struggling Philadelphia elementary school students, Experience Corps Philadelphia, a program developed and coordinated through Temple’s Center for Intergenerational Learning, plans to more than double its pool of senior volunteers for the 2004-05 school year.

Last year, Experience Corps Philadelphia’s 210 members logged more than 75,000 hours of service tutoring students in 18 city schools. This year, project supervisors estimate, the 500-plus volunteers will provide 175,000 hours supporting literacy instruction for more than 3,000 students in 36 city schools.

Temple’s program — touted by a recent Wall Street Journal article titled “Volunteering That Works” — recruits, trains, places and manages older adults who support the Philadelphia School District’s goal of helping every child succeed. School district CEO Paul Vallas and other officials have praised the program for its ability to improve the test scores of underachieving students.

Experience Corps Philadelphia is the flagship project in a growing service movement among adults over 55. Temple’s program is a model for similar efforts under way in Boston, Cleveland, New York and Washington, D.C.

For more information about Experience Corps Philadelphia, visit www.templecil.org or contact director Robert Tietze at 204-8057.

By Ted Boscia

New dean of students welcomed

Vice President for Student Affairs Theresa A. Powell (left) hosted a welcome reception for Ainsley Carry, the new associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, on Nov. 4 in the Owl Cove in Mitten Hall.

Carry, who joined the University on Sept. 27, came to Temple from the University of Arkansas, where he served as associate dean of students. He replaced Jim Fitzsimmons, who left Temple earlier this year after 15 years of service.

In his new position, Carry supervises various departments within the Division of Student Affairs, including Student Activities, the Student Assistance Center, University Housing, Recreation Services, the Office of Student Publications and Greek Life.

Before joining the University of Arkansas, Carry was the director of multicultural affairs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he also coordinated instruction programs for SMU’s Learning Enhancement Center. An active scholar and educator, he has been an adjunct faculty member since 2001 at the University of Arkansas and John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.

Fox School honors researchers

Photo by Jim Roese

The Fox School recently held its annual research luncheon, which honored Fox School Research Roundtable members, faculty who are top researchers; Research Fellows, assistant and associate professors who excel in research; and Research Honor Roll members, professors who have met the school’s high publishing standards for the year.

At right, Dean M. Moshe Porat (left); School of Tourism and Hospitality professor Daniel Fesenmaier (center), who was newly inducted into the Research Roundtable; and Vice President of Research Kenneth J. Soprano attended the sixth annual Fox School Research Ceremony and Luncheon.

Other recent Research Roundtable inductees include accounting professor Steven Balsam and general and strategic management professor Arvind Parkhe. Many faculty who become Research Roundtable members, the highest Fox distinction for research, have endowed chairs or professorships earned through research excellence.

Temple dental students take trip back to middle school
to teach on oral hygiene

To promote oral health and hygiene in Philadelphia children, Temple dental students who are members of the Hispanic Dental Association student chapter recently held an educational seminar for the predominately Hispanic Roberto Clemente Middle School.

The seminar included a number of activities designed to teach the students in grades five through eight about the importance of brushing, flossing, food and diet, and everyday dental care. David Bresler, associate professor of pediatric dentistry, and dental student Brian Bishop also discussed the various career opportunities available in the field of dentistry.

This event was made possible through the help of Carlos A. Echeverri, adjunct clinical assistant professor of periodontology and coordinator of the Temple Community Health Outreach Program with Roberto Clemente Middle School.

- By Jennifer Kohler