Athletics recognizes faculty and students for outstanding contributions
Temple’s Department of Athletics continued to recognize members of the university community at home athletic contests for extraordinary research, scholarship and creative achievements.
During the last home football game of the season on Nov. 23 against Syracuse, Tom Eveslage, professor of law and ethics in the Department of Journalism, was recognized for his work as an educator, administrator, colleague and mentor during his 32 years at Temple.
Eveslage served on the board of directors of the Student Press Law Center for 22 years and the executive board of the Pennsylvania School Press Association for 19 years. He headed the scholastic journalism division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, won three of that division’s annual Campbell Research Awards and, in 2003, was selected as its National Journalism Educator of the Year. He has received top honors from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association.
For his teaching excellence, he received a Lindback Award at Temple and was one of the initial inductees to the Teaching Academy in 2000. Eveslage served 13 years in administrative roles at Temple, primarily as department chair and associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Communications and Theater.
At the men’s basketball game on Nov. 25 against the University of Delaware, Emily Threinen, director of bands, and Matthew Brunner, director of athletic bands, both from the Boyer College of Music and Dance, were recognized as Faculty of the Game. Students John Leibensperger, who is pursuing a Master of Music in tuba performance, and Katie Frueh, a junior accounting and film and media arts double major, were also recognized at the game for their leadership as members of the bands.
Temple's band programs include four concert ensembles, a 200-member marching band and a 100-member basketball band. The band performances have received international attention, including a recent invitation by Lord Mayor of Westminster, Catherine Longworth, for the Wind Symphony and Diamond Marching Band to perform at the 2014 London New Year's Day Parade and Festival.
During the Dec. 1 men’s basketball game against Wagner, English Professor Eli Goldblatt was recognized along with Diamond Scholar Rachel Efstathion, who has taught Freshman Seminar and assisted in First-Year Writing.
Goldblatt has served as the university writing director, faculty co-director of the Writing Center, chair of the Core Reform Committee and director of First-Year Writing. A champion for community service through partnerships on literacy projects, he has engaged more than a hundred Temple student-volunteers to serve at Tree House Books in teaching reading and writing to neighborhood kids. In 2007, Goldblatt received Temple’s Great Teacher Award.
Faculty members are nominated for the Faculty of the Game award by Interim Provost Hai-Lung Dai and honored by Temple’s Department of Athletics during home football and men’s basketball games.