Posted March 30, 2012

Student talent and pride on display during Cherry and White Week in Harrisburg

Last week, members of the Temple community traveled to the state Capitol in Harrisburg to showcase the many sides of Temple to Pennsylvania’s elected officials as part of Cherry and White Week. The events were organized as part of this year’s Stand with Temple campaign, and were designed to give elected leaders a better opportunity to get to know Temple University.

On Monday, the university hosted Undergraduate Research Day in the East Rotunda of the Capitol. Eleven students selected by the Provost’s Office presented research findings developed through their participation in the Creative Arts, Research and Scholarship Program; the Diamond Research Scholars Program; the McNair Scholars Program; or the Summer Research Opportunities Program. Each student met with members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and legislative staff and discussed the work they’ve done as Temple undergraduates.

During Student Advocacy Day on Tuesday, groups of students led by Temple Student Government went door to door in the Capitol to share their Temple story. The students stressed the affordability of a Temple education, the experiences they’ve had in Temple classrooms and their hopes for life after graduation. More than 70 students visited the office of each member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and State Senate.

The Capitol was filled with art, music, dance and athletes on Wednesday during Arts and Athletics Day. Tyler students showed their works in the Main Rotunda, while dance majors from the Boyer College of Music and Dance performed and Temple’s co-ed a capella group, Owlcapella, sang choral classics and pop favorites. In the East Rotunda, Hooter and representatives from the women’s crew team, track and field and volleyball teams greeted visitors and taught elected officials how to use a rowing machine, throw a shot put and spike a volleyball.

Cherry and White Week was organized by the Office of Government Affairs and the Office of Special Events.