Posted November 6, 2014

Highlights from recent stories about Temple in the media

Inquirer front-page story highlights coverage of Temple’s new campus plan
Temple’s new campus plan includes a new library, a new interdisciplinary science building and a quad that will be the largest green space in the university’s history. “All of our plan stays in our currently owned footprint,” said James Creedon, senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations. The central green has students excited, said Raymond Smeriglio, Class of 2015, Temple Student Government president. “It’s showing that the university is recognizing what students love and what students need.” Mark Rahdert, past president of the Faculty Senate, said, “The plan is quite sensible in…maximizing the benefits that can be derived from existing construction in order to minimize the need for new construction.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Business Journal, NBC10 | Oct. 31–Nov. 4, 2014

U.S. News shines light on Temple’s bachelor’s degree program in nursing
While having a college degree usually increases someone’s chances of landing a job, degrees in certain majors—such as nursing—can make the job search much easier. The training in a four-year nursing degree program such as Temple’s is thorough, and opportunities for hands-on learning opportunities are plentiful, said Temple Nursing Department Chair Jane Kurz. “Ninety-six percent of the students who graduated from Temple passed the licensing exam at their first test taking,” Kurz said of the Class of 2014. The median salary for nurses is $65,470, and students who pursue a master’s degree may not necessarily get much higher pay.
U.S.News and World Report | Oct. 30, 2014

TUJ’s Kingston analyzes election’s international impact in Washington Post, more
A Republican romp in U.S. midterm elections has prompted concerns from overseas that President Barack Obama’s global role will be further diminished. “Obama has become the incredible shrinking president,” said Jeff Kingston of Temple University Japan. “He’s very much weakened by the midterm results, and that’s going to diminish him in his foreign policy. Leaders in Asia will now view him as a lame duck.” A Republican-controlled Congress may be more supportive of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free-trade deal linking 12 countries. “This could put the life back in TPP,” Kingston said.
The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Yahoo News, more | Oct. 27–Nov. 5, 2014

School of Medicine’s Farnon shares Ebola insights with national, regional media
Eileen C. Farnon, an associate professor and infectious disease expert at Temple’s School of Medicine, shared her expertise—and her personal experiences in West Africa—with a wide variety of media outlets. Farnon was a live guest on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, where she discussed a controversial quarantine policy put in place by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. “They should be consulting the public health experts before making...drastic decisions such as a blanket quarantine,” she said. On Radio Times, Farnon gave listeners a “reality check” after spending nearly three weeks in Liberia in conjunction with the World Health Organization.
MSNBC, WHYY’s Radio Times, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | Oct. 27–28, 2014

How to make most of freshman year? Join a club, Fox’s Kaiser tells Huff Post
When the Huffington Post asked higher-education professionals how students should make the most of their freshman year at college, the advice from David Kaiser, director of enrollment management at Temple’s Fox School of Business, was simple: Join a club. “Getting involved in student organizations is one of the most critical things a student can do as a freshman,” he said, “and involvement will pay significant dividends later in their college career.” For instance, Kaiser said, “joining a business-related organization allows students the opportunity to learn and practice soft skills, such as teamwork and leadership.”
Huffington Post | Nov. 5, 2014

Temple student, career coach in Inquirer front-page story on millennials
They’re “innovators” who are supposed to change everything. At least that’s the expectation of the millennial generation, and many millennials feel pressure to succeed. Beverly Thomas is a senior marketing major at Temple, an intern at Sneaker Villa and the featured model in a few of their storefronts. Yet, she said, “compared to what I see, I’m not doing enough.” Mark Kaloko of Temple’s Career Center said he’s seeing more and more freshmen coming in for career advice. “There’s an attentiveness that students are having now that they need to start earlier. … It’s not enough to get a degree. You need to get practical experience outside of your major.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer | Nov. 4, 2014

Kaiser discusses med-school enrollment and doctor shortage
Temple School of Medicine’s record enrollment for the Class of 2018 was part of a national trend—the number of students enrolled in U.S. medical schools hit an all-time high this fall. But due to a federal cap on residency positions, the record enrollment won’t necessarily translate into more practicing physicians. Efforts to raise the cap may help, but they alone aren’t likely to solve the problem, said Larry Kaiser, dean of the School of Medicine and Temple Health CEO. “Even if we increase the cap at this point, there will still be a significant discrepancy between the demand for physicians—especially primary care physicians—and the supply that will be available,” he said.
WHYY/NewsWorks | Oct. 30, 2014

Hirsh-Pasek’s “word gap” research continues to earn national media coverage
Thirty million words: That is the size of the “word gap,” the number of extra words, so to speak, that children of affluent parents hear from their parents during toddlerhood that poor children don’t hear from theirs. The issue was the focus of a recent White House conference calling for people to address the word gap with the same passion they do child hunger. “It’s not just about shoving words in,” said Temple psychologist Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, lead author of a study presented at the conference. “It’s about having these fluid conversations around shared rituals and objects. … That is the stuff from which language is made.”
The Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, Medical Daily, more | Nov. 3–6, 2014

Are signs banning hoodies a type of racial profiling? Yes, said Temple’s Asante
Signs asking customers to take off their hoodies or masks before entering are popping up on many corner stores in South Philadelphia. Store owners say it’s a way to protect themselves. But Molefi Kete Asante, professor and chair of Temple’s Department of African American Studies, said banning hoodies out of fear is a form of racial profiling. “What you are essentially saying is that people with certain characteristics shouldn’t come in here,” he said. “The idea coming out of the Trayvon Martin situation is that it is the black youth, so that’s the target, that’s where the targeting comes in.”
CBS3 | Nov. 4, 2014

SMC’s McKairnes lamented today’s TV-watching habits in NewsWorks essay
Jim McKairnes, Verizon chair in global broadband and telecommunications at Temple’s School of Media and Communication, lamented the modern TV-watching experience. “More and more viewers are watching TV on their own terms and in more and different ways—delayed, streamed, binged,” he wrote. Yet the biggest change, he argued, is that it’s often done alone. “On laptops or smartphones or various other monitors that serve as de facto entertainment vending machines. Viewing options made to order. Take-out TV. For one. Which is too bad. Because when it comes to television, I miss the sitting down at the table together.”
WHYY/NewsWorks | Nov. 4, 2014

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