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    MAY 4, 2006
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Young techies compete at computer fair

Photo by Joseph V. Labolito/University Photography

Kyreem Mitchell (at left), Juanita Hardy-Battle (center) and Lotoya Wiltbanks of W.S. Peirce High School hold their first-place trophies in the digital movie category at last month’s Regional High School Computer Fair, co-hosted by The Fox School of Business and Management and the School District of Philadelphia.

On April 7, the management information systems department opened its doors to 144 students presenting 93 projects from high schools across the region and let the students dazzle judges from the school district and from The Fox School’s IT Fellows, who work in industry but have a close relationship with Fox’s eBusiness Institute.

Each of the students in the winning teams for each category will receive a $1,000 scholarship if they enter Temple’s MIS program.

- Rebecca Carroll

Building blocks to health

Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg/University Photography

Nathaniel M. Cook (right), a first-year medical student at the School of Medicine, explained the U.S.D.A. food pyramid to students at nearby Kenderton Elementary School during an annual health fair for students, parents and teachers.

For the past 15 years, Temple’s medical students have sponsored the event to both serve the community and get hands-on experience in preventive medicine.

Topics include proper nutrition, smoking cessation, gun and domestic violence, literacy advocacy and dental care.

- Tyana McAllister

ROTC battalion presents awards

Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg/University Photography

Lt. Col. James C. Markert presents an award to Cadet Jessica Bayer, a junior sociology major, at the annual awards ceremony of the University’s Army ROTC program on April 27.

Bayer received several honors, including the American Legion General Military Excellence Award, the Department of the Army Superior Cadet Award and the Color Guard Award.

The ceremony recognized the achievements of the University’s Red Diamond Battalion with academic and military awards.

The battalion consists of 67 cadets, including four graduating seniors who will be commissioned as Army officers this month.

- Patti Truant

To your health!

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On Wednesday, May 10, for the third consecutive year, the benefits department will hold a Health & Wealth Info Fair in the Liacouras Center’s Fox-Gittis Room.

Representatives from AETNA Dental, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, PNC Bank and Verizon, among many others, will be on hand to answer questions about employee benefits at Temple.

The Info Fair, held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., will also offer free health screenings, snacks and a raffle.


Gala features talented youth

Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg/University Photography

The Center for Gifted Young Musicians’ weeklong “Festival of Young Musicians” culminates Friday, May 5, with a Gala Concert featuring students from the center’s Youth Chamber Orchestra and Music Prep Children’s Choir.

To celebrate the center’s 20th anniversary, Ellen dePasquale, associate concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, will return as guest soloist with the center’s Youth Chamber Orchestra — where she served as concertmaster in 1990 when she was just 16 — under the direction of Luis Biava.

The concert is set for Friday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m., at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut St. It is free and open to the public.

At the gala, Helen Kwalwasser, professor of violin at the Boyer College of Music and Dance and artistic director of the Center for Gifted Young Musicians, will be honored with the Temple Music Prep Annual Inspiration Award.

The ‘fore’-front of technology


Mechanical engineering seniors Bill Millard (at left) and Mark Smith prepare to test drive around campus what is believed to be the first gasoline/electric golf cart, which they made as part of their senior engineering design project. 

Millard and Smith, along with mechanical engineering senior Marwan El Mougharbel and electrical and computer engineering senior Nadia Barakat, designed and built the hybrid golf cart by taking the electrical system from an electric-powered cart, designing a new drive train system and installing it into a gas-powered golf cart. The new hybrid cart can be driven in either electric- or gas-powered mode.

“The concept is that you start off in the electric mode because gas-powered is not as efficient at that stage,” explained Temple mechanical engineering instructor LeRoy Alaways, the students’ adviser on the project. “Once you bring the cart up to the desired speed, you then switch over to the gas-powered mode.”

The golf cart’s batteries then recharge while the vehicle is running in the gas-powered mode.

Alaways added that the golf cart, which the students designed and built for under $10,000, demonstrates the technology that can be accomplished when combining two fuel systems such as gas and electric into one vehicle.

- Preston M. Moretz