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Fox students sport shaved heads to fight childhood cancer
Thirteen members of Gamma Iota Sigma-Sigma Chapter—the academic fraternity for students in risk management, insurance and actuarial science—served as “shavees” for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation during the Insurance Society of Philadelphia’s Philly I-Day, April 9 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
April 10, 2014
Graphic-design thesis project inspires seventh-grade class
Graduate students from the Tyler School of Art partnered with seventh-graders from St. James School, located in North Philadelphia, to create a series of colorful posters that represent the school pledge.
March 25, 2014
'Funeral for a Home' celebrates shared lifetimes in a neighborhood on the rise
Temple Contemporary and a host of community organizations are undertaking a yearlong project designed to honor the city’s forgotten homes.
March 19, 2014
Temple hosts Carver Science Fair for Philadelphia students
More than 600 Philadelphia public, parochial, charter and home-schooled students in grades 7 through 12 showcased their science and engineering skills at Philadelphia’s largest annual science fair, held in Temple’s Athletic Pavilion.
Cherry On!
Whether gearing up for a game, heading to the office or hanging out with friends, Owls everywhere start their weekends by showing Temple pride. Every friday, students, alumni, faculty and staff sport their best cherry and white attire for Cherry On Fridays. Use the hashtag #CherryOn on social media to show your pride today!
Fox alumnus partners with Temple Harrisburg for college-prep program
Pete Gurt, FOX ’89, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Milton Hershey School (MHS), has worked with several colleges and universities to ensure that higher education is a reality for low-income families. Now, Gurt partners with Temple University Harrisburg on the College and Career Transition program, which will offer a full semester of college classes to seniors at MHS.
Bringing justice to those with disabilities
For people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, navigating the criminal-justice system is difficult. That is where the Criminal Justice Project in the Institute on Disabilities at Temple comes in: The project helps individuals with disabilities, their families and others understand the justice system.
MLK Day of Service
This week, Owls commemorated the life and legacy of a civil rights icon by joining in a national community service effort. On Monday, Jan. 20, Temple University served as one of many sponsors for the 19th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service—the largest King Day event in the nation.
Temple celebrates 5th Annual Veterans Appreciation Day
On Monday, members of the Temple community gathered in Founders Garden to celebrate the 5th Annual Veterans Appreciation Day, in honor of the students, faculty, staff and alumni who served their country. These veterans, honored with a special ceremony and luncheon, stood as expressions of strength and demonstrations of courage on a much-deserved day of admiration.
Temple's inaugural Global Day of Service showcases commitment to community
On Saturday, Nov. 9, hundreds of Temple alumni, students and friends beautified city gardens, cleaned neighborhood streets, and distributed coats and supplies to underserved communities. The inaugural Global Day of Service included more than 400 registrants and 27 volunteer events in 13 cities, 8 states and 3 countries.
STEM programs are focus of summer camp programs for youth
Temple held a variety of programs and experiences this summer to help build interest and enhance STEM skills among middle and high school students. The programs covered everything from using computers and math to manage logistics, to math and engineering for girls, to building autonomous robots, to creating apps that address community challenges, to meeting a former astronaut who has walked in space.
Spike Lee greets young community news producers at BlackStar Film Festival
In early August, members of POPPYN screened one of their news segments for famed director Spike Lee and other international filmmakers at the second annual BlackStar Film Festival, held in Philadelphia. An extension of Temple’s University Community Collaborative of Philadelphia, POPPYN is a youth-produced news show that seeks to include youth in the conversations about issues that affect them.
High school drop out rates are focus of Temple City Year participants
Temple is fifth among the top feeder schools to City Year, the national non-profit that enlists young people for a year of full-time service in high-need urban schools. The program works to reduce high school drop-out rates by focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance. Corps members offer in-class tutoring, mentoring programs and neighborhood service projects designed to keep them in school and on track to succeed.