What’s new at Temple in 2005–06
If you had to pick any moment in history to be a new student at Temple, fall 2005 is a pretty good choice.
The University is undergoing a series of major improvements that will enrich the educational experience and quality of life of Temple students for years to come. Here are just a few of the most exciting developments at Temple in 2005–06:
• New faculty hires. For the second year in a row, more than 50 new tenure-line faculty members have been hired from the world’s leading universities. They’ll be bringing their teaching and research experience to bear on subjects from smoking cessation (Bradley Collins) to India’s “Bollywood” films (Priya Joshi).
• New TECH Center. A new facility offering an array of 24-hour student computing resources — labs, workstations, laptops, a help desk, software support and more — is scheduled to be completed by December. The TECH Center will also have a lounge, a coffee shop and a new visitor’s center.
• Student Center expansion. When Phase II of the renovation and expansion of the Student Center is complete this fall, Temple students will have a large new game room, lounges, a movie theater, a non-alcoholic entertainment center, student organization offices and meeting rooms.
• 1800 block of Liacouras Walk. By next January, construction should be complete on the new building behind this historic façade. Inside, students will find new and improved homes for Student Health Services, the Academic Resource Center, the College of Liberal Arts Advising Center and the Math/Science Learning Center.
• Student leadership initiative. Coming in September: the Student Leadership Challenge, a flexible yet full-scale menu of programming to help students learn about responsible leadership on campus and beyond Temple. The challenge’s curriculum includes courses, seminars, service opportunities, leadership conferences and a national leadership institute.
• New leader to head diversity efforts. Rhonda Brown, Temple’s new associate vice president for multicultural affairs, has arrived. She’ll lead the push to recruit and retain faculty, staff and students of all backgrounds. One of her missions: enhancing the education, personal development and quality of life of Temple’s diverse student body.
• New Tyler dean. Distinguished artist and art educator Keith Morrison was named dean of the Tyler School of Art this summer. Formerly the dean of the College of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University, Morrison will lead Tyler as it moves to its $75 million new home on Main Campus in 2008.
• New football conference. The Temple football team has joined the Mid-American Conference (MAC), a move that delights coach Bobby Wallace. Four MAC teams are on the 2005 schedule, and the Owls will be eligible for the MAC’s two bowl bids. By 2007, Temple will play a full MAC schedule and compete for the conference championship.