Residential classroom named in Niven’s honor
The Division of Student Affairs hosted a memorial service for John “Jack” Niven, the former director of University Housing who passed suddenly in December, on campus on Jan. 27.
At the service, Vice President for Student Affairs Theresa A. Powell announced plans to name the First Year Experience Classroom in 1300 Residence Hall in Niven’s memory. When the space opened in October 2005, it became the first-ever residential classroom at the University.
“Jack’s vision went far beyond providing for the basic needs of our students,” Powell said during the service. “He sought to transform Temple’s residence halls into a place for student learning and activity. The space in 1300 reflects this commitment to student academic success. … It is literally the classroom that Jack built.”
Temple community members who would like to donate money in Niven’s honor may do so by check or payroll deduction by submitting a completed “Together for Temple” campaign pledge card to Powell’s office, Conwell Hall, room 402; or to Martyn Miller, director of International Services, at 1700 N. Broad, room 203B.
For more information, contact Powell’s office at 215-204-6556.
- Ted Boscia