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A significant birthday

TU helps nonprofits make volunteers of aging boomers.

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2006 Class of Fellows

Newcombe elected to American Academy.

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May 25, 2006

By Patti Truant [email protected]

Vol. 36, No. 32

Commencement 2006

Temple honors top academic advisors with new awards

awards that day, advisors in general were the big winners," Allen said. On May 2, the University held its first Advisor Appreciation Day and Awards Ceremony to recognize dedication and professionalism among the University's academic advising staff. Shannon Gary and Chuck Allen, co-chairs of the Academic Advising Group, a council of professional advisors at Temple, worked with the office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies earlier this year to institute an annual recognition process for the University's academic advisors. "[Academic advising] is helping to cultivate, nurture and fuel the academic, career and life goals of students," Allen said. "It's challenging students to do well, and encouraging them to get back up if they get knocked down." Individuals were nominated and chosen based on evidence of their excellent interpersonal skills, nurturing attitude, mastery of institutional policies and positive impact on the overall quality of the department's advising. Awards were given out in three categories: Faculty Advisor, Professional Advisor and Academic Advising Administrator. The awards include a plaque, a monetary prize and professional development funding. The names of the winners also will be inscribed on a memorial tablet in 1810 Liacouras Walk. "While a certain few won

Professional Advisor Award

Recognizes a Temple University employee whose primary job duties include assisting undergraduate students in academic progress through personal guidance, administrative counsel and analysis of the students' record. Kristen diNovi Academic advisor, Division of University Studies Formerly a career advisor, diNovi made the switch to academic advising because she wanted to engage students earlier in the educational process. Since 2000, diNovi has counseled undeclared and prehealth sciences students in the Division of University Studies. Seeking to improve the status of advising throughout the University, she has served on committees and presented at conferences, stressing the value of using technology to better serve students' needs. She holds a master's degree in educational administration from Temple, and is also working toward a Ph.D. in educational psychology. DiNovi's commitment to students led a colleague to nominate her for the award. One administrator noted that diNovi seeks out additional challenges and "brings to her work a spirit of innovation, thoughtful intelligence and dedication to excellence." Advising philosophy: "To cater

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Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg/University Photography

Some 7,296 students -- the biggest and most academically talented graduating class in recent history -- were eligible to march down the aisle and receive their degrees at Temple's 119th Commencement ceremony last Thursday. President David Adamany presided at the

exercises -- his final Commencement as president before his June 30 retirement. Provost Ira Schwartz delivered the "Salute to the Graduates," highlighting the achievements of outstanding members of the graduating class. For more photos of Commencement 2006, see pages 4 and 5.

Students get real-world practice in new simulation center

By Eryn Jelesiewicz [email protected]

Temple nursing and medical students were put to the test recently when their patient, Steve Johnson, went into cardiac arrest. Could the "nurses" and "doctors" work well together? Would each person understand his or her role on the healthcare team? These students were part of a new study looking at the value of the two groups learning together in a simulated medical environment, and reflects a burgeoning trend in nursing and medical education. Until recently, doctors and nurses

have trained and learned separately. Yet once in the working world, the two professions work very closely together, side by side, often in highly stressful situations. "Our hope is that collaboration between the two disciplines at the student level will help them understand and appreciate each other's expertise and feel more comfortable working together," said Pat Dillon, lead investigator on the study, and assistant professor of nursing in the College of Health Professions. The researchers are analyzing the students' perceptions and attitudes about each other's roles in hopes of improving the nurse-doc-

tor relationship. A team of eight nursing and medical students were assigned to roles on a medical team caring for Johnson, a lifelike mannequin that talks and breathes, and that was programmed to go into cardiac arrest. Teachers and students debriefed after the exercise. "The students thought that this experience was much more real than previous exercises," said Lawrence Kaplan, professor and chief of internal medicine and medicine clerkship director. "The exercise made it very clear that the practice of medicine is a team sport, and that physicians conSimulation on page 3

Photo by Joseph V. Labolito/University Photography

Medical and nursing students respond as a team to a simulated "code blue" at the Institute for Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety at the Medical School.

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TECH Center tops 400,000 visits

The TECH Center's first semester was a busy one. During spring 2006, the TECH Center had more than 432,000 visits from 20,070 individuals. The busiest day was on April 26, when 8,062 people entered the lab. Students made 4,266 breakout room reservations and borrowed 729 laptops. The largest users of the TECH Center were The Fox School of Business (87,230 visits), the College of Liberal Arts (77,845), and the School of Communications and Theater (72,802). The busiest time for the TECH Center was weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information on the TECH Center, go to



Temple's focus on customer service paying off

Last month, a leading customer-service specialist visited Temple to speak to staff. While he was here, he spent a day observing customer service in action and talking to students about their customer service experiences at the University. For those who thought customer service at Temple has always been terrific, with little room for improvement, his response may be surprising. For those who believed that, in spite of Universitywide efforts to enhance customer service over the past several years, things have remained virtually the same, the news is even more unexpected. According to Neal A. Raisman, president of higher education consulting firm AcademicMAPS and author of the best-selling book Embrace the Oxymoron: Customer Service in Higher Education, there has been a noteworthy and positive change in customer service at Temple. In a recent letter to President David Adamany, Raisman wrote, "Last week, I had the pleasure and honor to provide some customer service workshops with some wonderful people at Temple University. I had an unusual experience at Temple. It is the first university or college I have been to where it seems, for the most part, everyone gets the value and concept of customer service. "Students were generous in their praise for how they were treated at the University in the past year," wrote Raisman, whose higher education experience includes time as chancellor of Briarcliffe College, president at SUNY Rockland Community College and Onondaga Community College, and associate provost at the University of Cincinnati. "When I asked what they would want to change, most students had to think to find something if they found anything at all. They recognized that something had changed at the University -- changed for the better. "Your leadership on customer service has certainly had a positive effect that will help Temple grow retention and morale." Many University departments have actively contributed to a sustained effort to enhance customer service at the University. Human Resources has made customer service the required developmental competency on all employees' Performance Development Plans for the past three years and has offered a wide variety of training programs to prepare managers and staff to deliver quality service to students, parents and co-workers. HR has also improved service and encourages feedback via survey on its Web site. Student Affairs has a comprehensive program in place to emphasize customer service, which included the invitation to Raisman to come to campus. The University has come a long way and recognizes the importance of continuing its commitment to service excellence.

New training for student workers

Because student workers are both University customers and University employees who provide service to other students and staff, the Human Resources Department has developed a student worker training program. Designed to be delivered face-toface or online, the program covers the attributes, skills and qualities expected of student workers; basic telephone skills and customer service concepts; appropriate and professional dress; handling confidential information; the do's and don'ts of computer usage; Temple University's Worker's Compensation Benefit; Temple University's anti-discrimination/anti-harassment policy; and more. For additional information, to schedule training or to receive directions on how to complete the program online, contact HR manager Eric Brunner at 215-204-3318 or [email protected] N

LaserLife program offers printer services

Just a reminder that Computer Business Services administers the LaserLife program, which was created by SOMA, a University hardware maintenance provider. This program combines printer maintenance and toner cartridge replacement for University printers. Through SOMA, departments can purchase replacement toner cartridges for printers with or without a maintenance option. If a cartridge is purchased with the maintenance option, printer repairs are also covered through the LaserLife program. To be covered, however, Computer Business Services needs a record of the make, model and serial number of the printer. When placing an order for LaserLife cartridges, departments need to indicate "LaserLife" next to the cartridges being requested. Computer Business Services will submit the order to SOMA and, when it receives the order, SOMA will deliver it to your office and collect the used cartridges. If you would like to sign up for the LaserLife maintenance program, contact Computer Business Services at 215-204-5000.



Temple names baseball field after ex-coach Skip Wilson

By Kevin Bonner [email protected]

Tell callers you're on vacation

If you will be out of the office for vacation, let callers know by recording an extended absence voicemail greeting. To record the greeting: Enter the voice mail system by dialing 1-9595 (on-campus) or 215-2049595 (off-campus). Press the pound (#) key to indicate that you have a mailbox on the system. When you are prompted, enter your five-digit Temple phone number and personal password. Then proceed as follows: · Press 4 for personal options. · Press 3 for greetings. · Press 2 for extended absence greeting. · Record the greeting and press # when finished. The system will then give you the option to confirm the message by pressing the pound key, re-record the message by pressing the star key (*), or listen to the message by pressing 1. When you return from vacation, update your message by following the first three steps above. Then: · Press 4 for personal options. · Press 3 for greetings. · Press 1 to accept a standard greeting or 2 to record a personal greeting.

The Temple University baseball field, located on the Ambler Campus, has been named the James "Skip" Wilson Field, Director of Bill Bradshaw Athletics announced last week. Wilson, who led the Owls to two College World Series appearances and compiled 1,034 wins in 46 seasons, retired in August 2005. He guided Temple to 14 NCAA Tournaments and 10 conference championships during his tenure. A ceremony honoring Wilson and the naming of the field will take place at a later date. Wilson, 76, is the winningest coach in Temple history, regardless of sport, and captured his 1,000th win on March 14, 2004, when the Owls defeated Manhattan, 10-9. He finished his career with a record of 1,034-824-27 (.556) and ranks 29th in NCAA history in victories (at the beginning of the 2006 season). Of the coaches ahead of him, only three -- Bob Morgan (Indiana), Bob Hannah (Delaware) and Bob Warn (Indiana State) -- are from Northern schools. "It is fitting that the Temple baseball field will forever be known as Skip Wilson Field," Bradshaw said. "His name was synonymous with Temple baseball for nearly a half-century, and future generations of Owl players will always remember the man that spent countless number of innings guiding the Cherry and White." The veteran mentor had a wealth of success during the 1970s. He led Temple to two College World Series appearances in 1972 (third place) and 1977 (eighth)

and earned four more NCAA bids during the decade. The Owls won the Middle Atlantic Conference title in 1972 and 1973 and captured four straight East Coast Conference championships from 1975 to 1978. The Cherry and White moved to the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1983 and immediately made its presence felt. Paced by future major-leaguers John Marzano and Jeff Manto, Temple won the A-10 and reached the NCAAs in 1983 and 1984. Wilson made his last appearance in the NCAA Tournament after a dramatic 2001 season. After opening the year 0-14, the Owls went 2414 the rest of the way and won the Atlantic 10. Named the District Coach of the Year three times (1972, 1977, 1978), Wilson was honored by the University on Feb. 16, 1981, when he was inducted into the Temple Athletics Hall of Fame. Wilson also has the distinction of being inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Jan. 11, 1987, and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on April 7, 1994. A Philadelphia native, Wilson had more than 100 players sign professional contracts, including former Detroit Tigers outfielder Bobby Higginson. Other names of note are Joe Kerrigan, former pitching coach for the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox manager; Manto, who spent 10 seasons in the big leagues with seven teams and is currently the Pittsburgh Pirates' hitting coach; Marzano, a former major-leaguer who serves as a postgame analyst for Phillies games on Comcast SportsNet; Ed Wade, former general manager for the Philadelphia Phillies; and Steve Javie, a highly

regarded NBA referee. Wilson graduated from Manayunk's St. John's High School in 1948 and attended Georgetown University on a basketball scholarship. But the next year, scouts took an interest in his baseball skills and he signed with the Philadelphia Athletics. Wilson spent several years in the A's farm system before enrolling at Temple in 1951. Soon after, he received a draft notice from the Army and spent two years in the military. After

graduating from Temple in 1958, Wilson coached the Owls freshman basketball team through the 1970­71 season. He added baseball responsibilities in 1960, becoming Temple's head coach after serving one year as an assistant to former Owls Athletic Director Ernie Casale. Wilson, who earned his master's degree in 1961 from Temple in health and physical education, taught at Roxborough High School for 34 years before retiring from teaching in February 1992. N

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TU initiative helps nonprofits mobilize boomers

By Hillel J. Hoffmann [email protected]

This year, the oldest members of the baby boom -- the generation born between 1946 and 1964 -- are celebrating their 60th birthdays. As America's most populous generation enters retirement age, the National Training Network, an initiative of Temple's Center for Intergenerational Learning, is working to mobilize boomers into the greatest army of volunteers in the nation's history. For nonprofit organizations dependent on volunteers to accomplish their missions, the effort couldn't come at a better time. "Americans have tended to look at the aging of boomers as a problem to be solved, but we see it as an opportunity to be seized," said Andrea Taylor, director of the National Training Network, adding that 77 million boomers will reach retirement age in the coming decades. "That's an incredible resource for cash-strapped nonprofits to unleash, if they can find a way to mobilize them to address society's needs," she said. The National Training Network was created last year with the help of a three-year $1.35 million grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service and additional funding from the HRC Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the

Verizon Foundation. The CNCS generation," the primary source of senior volunteers funding is targeted for training of for decades. And if it takes a CNCS grantees, specifically boomer to know a AmeriCorps/Vista, Learn boomer, then Taylor is and Serve, and the the ideal trainer: Senior Corps. She just turned This spring, 60 this year. Taylor and "In genher coleral, leagues boomers conductare bettered their educated, first conmore ferences, diverse and workshops and training have greater sessions in the resources at field, traveling their disposto work with al," Taylor staff at nonprofit said. "They organizations in also tend to be California, Texas, in better health Wisconsin, Missouri and have an and Ohio. Over the next increased life few months, Taylor and her expectancy over previous team will be providing training in Utah, Photo by Joseph V. Labolito/ generations." Virginia, New Jersey, Washington state University Photography According to Taylor, boomers and Oregon. also have very different attitudes about retireCoaching nonprofits on the art of recruiting ment, which can present big challenges for and retaining boomers is essential, because nonprofits that are seeking volunteers who can boomers are quite different from members of make long-term commitments to an organizaprevious generations, particularly "the G.I. tion. For example, rather than disengaging

"Americans have tended to look at the aging of boomers as a problem to be solved, but we see it as an opportunity to be seized."

Andrea Taylor Director of the National Training Network

completely from their jobs as they age, boomers seem to be phasing in a mix of work, leisure and civic engagement as they enter traditional retirement age. Also, whereas members of "the G.I. generation" are often more motivated by their loyalty to an organization, regardless of the tasks they are assigned, Taylor said boomers are more likely to be enticed by an opportunity that will both contribute to society and also offer personal fulfillment. "We advise nonprofit organizations to think more expansively about creating both longterm and short-term volunteer opportunities, as well as those that are more complex, in order to capture the skills and talents of this diverse generation of people," Taylor said. For more information on the National Training Network and other initiatives at Temple's Center for Intergenerational Learning, go to N

CHP opens nursing training lab

Psych's Newcombe named fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

By Preston M. Moretz [email protected]

Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg/University Photography

College of Health Professions Dean Ronald T. Brown and development director Evelyn Gehres recently joined faculty and staff from Temple's nursing department to dedicate the new John T. Calhoun Nursing Resource Center at 3307 N. Broad St. (Temple's Pharmacy Building). The training lab, designed by Tom McCreesh from Temple's facilities department, includes a three-multibed medical-surgical environment complete with state-of-the-art equipment and mannequins, as well as areas for physical assessment and small-group learning. The nursing lab is one of two training centers at the Health Sciences Center, including the Institute for Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety at the School of Medicine, which utilizes both simulation and standardized patient training methods to train students in the health professions. -- Tory Harris

Sim center gives students real-life practice

Simulation from page 1

tribute to a part, but not all, of a patient's care." The exercise took place at the Institute for Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety at the School of Medicine, a new $3 million renovated space for the education of medical, nursing and other health profession students, as well as residents and practicing nurses and physicians. At 15,000 square feet, the institute is believed to be the largest in the region and encompasses both simulation and standardized patient programs. It's also uniquely interdisciplinary, training the various health professionals together. The institute houses programmable, anatomically detailed and physiologically functional mannequins that are used to teach skills such as intubation, critical thinking

and decision-making through simulated medical scenarios. Simulation allows students to practice taking care of patients in a safe environment and to make mistakes without any consequences. The institute also houses the standardized patient program in what look like doctor's offices. This program uses actors trained to be "patients." They present symptoms of various illnesses and help students learn to take histories, conduct physical exams and make diagnoses. Dillon and Kaplan, along with assistant professor of nursing Kim Noble, are now analyzing the results of the study and expect to report on findings later this year. For more information about the Institute for Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety, visit www.temple. edu/medicine/education/sims.htm. N

Psychology's Nora Newcombe has been elected a fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the first Temple faculty member to be so honored. Newcombe, the James H. Glackin Distinguished Faculty Fellow and a professor in the psychology department, joins 195 scholars, scientists, artists and civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders from 24 states and 13 countries elected in the academy's 2006 Class of Fellows. "I am thrilled and sort of surprised," Newcombe said of her selection. "I knew I had been nominated, but I also knew it can take a long time to be elected, or that you might never be elected. I wasn't really thinking about it; it just came out of nowhere." A developmental psychologist, Newcombe is being joined in the academy's 2006 Class of Fellows by such luminaries as former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton; Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts; Nobel Prizewinning biochemist and Rockefeller University President Sir Paul Nurse; the chairman and vice chairman of the 9/11 commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton; actor and director Martin Scorsese; choreographer Meredith Monk; conductor Michael Tilson Thomas; New York Stock Exchange chairman Marshall Carter; former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove; Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel; Los Angeles Times editor Dean Baquet; New Yorker editor David Remnick; and American Express Co. chairman and CEO Kenneth Chenault. "I know the kind of people in my discipline who were already members of the academy, so I felt hon-


ored enough to be joining their company," she said. "But seeing you're being elected with Bill Clinton and George Bush, Martin Scorsese and these other public figures, it's quite exciting and, well, that really adds to the honor." A member of Temple's psychology faculty since 1981, Newcombe said that being the first Temple faculty member elected to the academy was "special" and credited Susan Herbst, former dean of the College of Liberal Arts, with being catalyst behind her selection. "When she was the dean here, she noted that no one from Temple was a member, and she thought perhaps we should try to get someone elected," said Newcombe, who was approached by Herbst and encouraged to try for nomination. Co-director of Temple's Infant Lab at Ambler, Newcombe is a nationally recognized expert in cognitive development, specifically spatial development -- "where things are, how to get places, how to imagine things in three dimensions, and

problem solving spatially such as an architect or organic chemist might do" -- and memory development -- "especially autobiographical memory development and the issue of why we cannot remember our early childhood very clearly." She said the pure science that psychologists in her discipline have been doing for decades has now reached a point where it is ready to be translational and have an influence on education, people's thinking on parenting and making policy for young children. "So I'm really excited, in terms of the discipline of cognitive psychology, about the idea that we're at the point where we can start to have an impact," Newcombe said. "That's one of the reasons being elected a fellow of the American Academy is so exciting. It is a big conduit for being able to work in groups, help write reports and really make sure that the science we do has an impact." Founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock and other scholar-patriots, the Academy has elected as fellows and foreign honorary members the finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation, including George Washington and Ben Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the 20th. The current membership includes more than 170 Nobel laureates and 50 Pulitzer Prize winners. An independent policy research center, the academy undertakes studies of complex and emerging problems. Currently, academy research focuses on such issues as science and global security, social policy, the humanities and culture, and education. N

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May 25, 2006


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Number of countries and states, respectively, from which graduates hailed. In addition, 60 percent of graduates were women, 18 percent were African-American, 9 percent were of Asian background and 3.5 percent were Latino.

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Number of students who graduated summa cum laude, with highest honors

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"Today we will inherit more than the right to adorn our cars with a `Temple Students Are Just Smarter' bumper sticker. We now have an obligation to be for the children of the North Philadelphias around the world, what someone was to us."

Toni Harris Student speaker

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"I hope that my words have inspired you to continue this legacy of greatness by holding this university responsible, your colleagues responsible, your politicians responsible, and most importantly yourselves responsible for reinvesting in this community, and in communities like this around the world. Please be relevant."

Toni Harris Student speaker; bachelor of social work, 2006

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s who were this year, history

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"In spite of our varied backgrounds, there is no natural distinction between everyone in this room and the people outside of our ivory tower. ... Because we have been given a tremendous opportunity to make something of ourselves, we must remember that to whom much is given, much is required."

Toni Harris Student speaker (at left)

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Number of students who graduated as President's Scholars, having maintained a 3.75 G.P.A. or better for eight semesters

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Number of proud family and friends who came to the 10 a.m. Commencement exercises at the Liacouras Center last Thursday

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Globetrotting Italian professor Vitiello to retire after 33 years

By Patti Truant [email protected]

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Honors Program director Ruth Ost (left), philosophy assistant professor Paul Crowe and University Studies Academic advisor Kristen diNovi won Temple's first Advisor Awards, created to recognize dedication and professionalism among the University's academic advising staff.

Top advisors honored at inaugural luncheon

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how I work with each student after truly getting to know what their needs are. There's simply no `one size fits all' when it comes to advising students."

duties include supervising professional academic advisors and assisting undergraduate students with decisions affecting their academic progress. Ruth Ost Director, Honors Program When Ost learned that she was nominated for the award, her own advice came back to haunt her. Just as she constantly asks students "What do you have to lose?" in seeking a prestigious scholarship or admission to a selective university, she realized that she too must take a risk and apply for the award -- if nothing else, it would be a valuable learning experience, which is what she promises the students. Ost, director of the Honors Program since 1999, has amassed a legion of fans across the University for her accessibility, genuine caring and hard work on behalf of students. In addition to teaching and advising, she is the cochair of TURF-CreWS and the director of the Diamond Scholars Program, serves on several University committees and is the University's representative for prestigious scholarships including the Truman, Marshall and Rhodes. Students, faculty and staff seek her opinion on issues large and small. According to one former student, "Ruth is the go-to girl for critical analysis, honesty, encouragement and creative ideas. She always has someone patiently waiting outside her office hoping to get a nod of approval for their new project or ask her opinion on their choice of grad school. Honestly, what could be better than an advisor that students actually want to listen to?" Outside the University, Ost's opinion is also highly regarded. She serves as a judge for the Udall Foundation scholarships, and she is an executive board member of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors. Advising philosophy: "Advising is about helping students come down on the side of their own gifts and passions. It's about helping students find and tell their own stories -- and turn the unimagined into their lives." N

Faculty Advisor Award

Recognizes a faculty member for excellence in assisting undergraduate students with academic and professional progress. Paul Crowe Assistant professor and director of undergraduate studies, philosophy department As an academic, Crowe specializes in 19th- and 20th-century philosophy. Here in the 21st century, he also serves as the pre-law coordinator and director of the Temple Law Scholars Program for the College of Liberal Arts. Students from various disciplines seek Crowe's advice on law school admissions and career options. Since there is no defined pre-law track, Crowe's challenge is determining students' goals and motivation, and helping them decide if law school is right for them. "I try to give them a realistic vision of what it's about, as opposed to what they see on television," Crowe said. "There are good reasons for going to law school, but some bad ones as well." Students and colleagues alike have noticed Crowe's skillful expertise and encouragement as an advisor. One colleague said, "Students frequently credit him with helping them clarify their academic and professional goals, connecting them with the resources they need to meet these aims and offering astute advice for the legal profession." Advising philosophy: "The role of the advisor must be to empower students; give them the tools to find themselves and connect with their academic experience. The challenge of advising is also what makes it interesting. You have to be interested in students' lives -- who they are and where they are going."

Italian professor Justin Vitiello has shared his passion for languages and literature with students and colleagues for more than three decades. Now, after a 33-year career at Temple, the acclaimed teacher, prolific poet and lifelong peace activist will retire from the University in June. However, his life won't change dramatically when he leaves behind his Anderson Hall office. Vitiello will continue doing what he enjoys most: writing, traveling and teaching. He already has plans to write a novel, and he will continue to organize a poetry series in Philadelphia and volunteer with Amnesty International. Ultimately, he wants to resume teaching at Temple's Rome Campus, where he has already spent a total of seven years immersing study-abroad students in Italian language, culture and history. But before he returns to Rome, he plans to explore Thailand, Morocco and South America, among other places. Arguably one of the best-traveled professors on campus, Vitiello has spent nearly every summer of the past 30 years abroad. "I've always enjoyed changing my environment," he said. "I like to travel not as a tourist but as someone who lives and works at a place." Vitiello, who has published books in Spanish, Italian and English, discovered his affinity for languages as a child. He became fascinated with the different Italian dialects he heard at his aunts' resort in the Catskills Mountains of New York, where Italian Americans came to vacation. Because Italian was not offered at his high school, he studied Spanish. After graduating from Brown University in 1963, Vitiello spent a year at the University of Madrid as a Fulbright Scholar. He began learning Italian while in graduate school at the University of Michigan, where he earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature (English, Italian and Spanish). Vitiello has written more than 20 books since then, mostly compilations of essays and poetry. His two most recent books, Labyrinths and Volcanoes: Windings through Sicily and Poppies and Thistles, reflect his thoughts and observations during his travels in Italy and Spain, respectively. Throughout his life, local and global social activism has also been important to Vitiello. In the United States, he was active in the civil rights movement and the antiwar movement during the Vietnam War. During the Cold War, he protested the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Internationally, he was a nonviolent reformer against the Mafia in Sicily and he spent almost a year in India conducting research for the Ghandi Peace Foundation. Locally, he helped bring together Italian Americans, Asian Americans and African Americans for cultural activities in South Philadelphia in a grassroots effort to ease tension between the communities. At Temple, students and colleagues have appreciated Vitiello's desire to use the world around him as a powerful teaching tool.

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For 33 years, retiring Italian professor Justin Vitiello has brought more to his classroom than information from books; he incorporates knowledge he's gained from years of extensive travel to help students make connections between language and culture.

"Justin is one who thinks academia is not only about books but about South Philly, and Palermo, and Ellis Island," said Ruth Ost, director of the Honors Program. "He found time to take students to places from the Italian Market in Philadelphia to Greek Temples in Agrigento." Lisa Weiss, a former student, said that learning from Vitiello was the highlight of her undergraduate education. "[He] taught me how to open my mind, push the envelope and think more deeply," she said. "[His] teaching has made a difference not only in my life, but also in the life of many of my family members, my partner and now, the students whom I teach." Vitiello, who has enjoyed teaching a wide array of courses -- from Italian composition to American studies and international cinema, said he has remained at Temple largely for the students. "I wanted to make available quality education to people who are not rich," he said. Among Vitiello's honors at the University are several distinguished teacher awards, namely the ATTIC award in 1990, the Honors program Teacher of the Year in 2000 and the Temple Honor Society Teacher of the Year in 2001. In addition to being a well-respected poet and Italian studies scholar, Stephanie Fiore, a fellow Italian professor, said Vitiello is a brilliant lecturer in both Italian and Honors courses. "He is especially well known by the students for his passion and rigor as a professor," Fiore said. "Students are already telling me they'll miss him in the classroom." N

Dentistry students' first rite of passage

The School of Dentistry recently celebrated its inaugural white coat ceremony in Mitten Hall. Honoring the class of 2008, members of which will soon begin their clinical work with patients, the white coat ceremony is a celebration for second-year students as they take an oath affirming their commitment to the highest standards of ethics and patient care. The School of Dentistry joins Temple's schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Podiatric Medicine in holding this rite of passage for second-year students. The event was sponsored by the School of Dentistry Alumni Association and Premier Dental.

-- Tyana McAllister

Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg/University Photography

Academic Advising Administrator Award

Recognizes a Temple University employee whose primary job


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Multicultural Affairs moves to new location

On Tuesday, May 23, the Office of Multicultural Affairs relocated to its permanent location in Mitten Hall, lower level. For more information on Temple's new Office of Multicultural Affairs, visit temple_times/4-27-06/omca.html.



subjects for two studies. For the first, people between ages 18 and 80 who have a bunion on their right foot, who are in good health, and who are able to walk without assistive device are needed. The study involves two twohour visits to the Gait Study Center (outpatient laboratory facility) at the Podiatry School -- one at the start of the study and the other three months later. Both visits will consist of a review of medical history and a physical examination, foot X-rays, and several walking and activity tests. Subjects will be instructed to use a battery-operated portable muscle stimulator for three months to test whether specific muscle exercises would reduce bunion. Compensation ($100) will be granted for the completion of this study. For more information, call Benjamin Mati at the Gait Study Center at 215-625-5365. For the second study, people are needed who are between ages 18 and 85, have type I or type II diabetes, and have chronic sores on the bottom of their feet caused by diabetes. If you qualify, you may be able to participate in a clinical research study to test an investigational topical gel. Qualified participants may be compensated for time, travel and inconvenience. Study-related medical and lab procedures will be performed at no cost. Study participation is expected to last approximately five months. For more information, visit http://podiatry. or call Benjamin Mati at the Gait Study Center at 215-625-5370.

Promising cell protein may play role in infection and dry eye

By Preston M. Moretz [email protected]

Assistant men's basketball coaches named

Matt Langel and Shawn Trice will men's basketball head coach Fran Dunphy as assistant men's basketball coaches at Temple. Lengel helped guide Penn to consecutive Ivy League championships as an assistant coach under Dunphy, and Trice was an assistant on Dunphy's Penn staff in 2005­06. A first-team all-Ivy League player as a senior at Penn, Langel, a 2000 graduate of the Wharton School of Business, also helped lead the Quakers to two Ivy League titles and NCAA Tournament appearances during his four-year career (1996­2000). A 1995 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Trice, in his first season as an assistant coach, helped lead the Quakers to an Ivy League championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005­06. Prior to entering the coaching profession, Trice worked as a sports coordinator for the YMCA in his hometown of Detroit for seven years.


Subjects sought for podiatry studies

The Gait Study Center at the School of Podiatric Medicine seeks

Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor Type 2 (PAI-2), a protein found in various cell types including the skin, has been discovered in the tissue covering the eye and may have future clinical implications in various pathologies of the ocular surface such as eye infection or dry eye, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple. The researchers were led by Mina Massaro-Giordano, of the University of Pennsylvania's Scheie Eye Institute, and Marcella Macaluso, of Temple's Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research. PAI-2, in either extracellular or secreted form, is a multifunctional protein that plays a role in cell differentiation, in prevention of programmed cell death, in the regulation of cell proliferation, in the inhibition of microbial proteinases and in the protection against stromal degradation. High levels of the PAI-2 protein are associated with a good prognosis in breast cancer, small cell lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and inhibition of metastasis (the spreading of a cancer cells from one organ or tissue to another). PAI-2 also plays a role in inflammation on the surface of the eye. In their study, the Penn and Temple researchers demonstrated for

Photo by Joseph V. Labolito/University Photography

Mina Massaro-Giordano (left) of the University of Pennsylvania's Scheie Eye Institute and Marcella Macaluso of Temple's Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research have discovered a protein found in the tissue covering the eye may have future clinical implications in various pathologies of the ocular surface such as eye infection or dry eye.

the first time an interaction between PAI-2 and the tumor-suppressing gene Rb2/p130 in the nucleus of the epithelial cells in the cornea and conjunctiva, the membrane that covers the eye's outer surface. According to the researchers, this interaction among pRb2/p130, PAI2 and chromatin modeling enzymes may affect how PAI-2 is expressed. "There is a different expression of the protein between the epithelium of the cornea and conjunctiva cells," said Massaro-Giordano, an assistant professor of ophthalmology, cataract and refractive surgery at Scheie. "This may help us understand the molecular mechanisms

that dictate the different expression profiles of PAI-2 in human corneal and conjunctival epithelial cells." Their findings were published online in the January 2006 issue of Cell Death and Differentiation ( The researchers also recently presented their findings at the annual meeting of the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in Florida, which was attended by more than 10,000 researchers. The study, which was done in collaboration with Italy's University of Siena, was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Sbarro Health Research Organization. N


Allan Dela Rosa, an undergraduate business student, has been selected as this year's recipient of the Merit Award in the Undergraduate Student Category from the Philadelphia chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. He was honored at the Philadelphia chapter's monthly breakfast meeting on March 14, where he received a plaque and a stipend of $1,000. The Temple University chapter of the American Marketing Association received two honors at the 2006 AMA International Collegiate Conference held in Orlando, Fla. In addition to placing second in the "Best Communication of Chapter Activities" category, the Temple chapter received the "Distinguished Chapter of the Year Award," one of the event's most prestigious honors. Nine members of The Fox School of Business and Management's student-run organization Gamma Iota Sigma recently received Spencer Educational Scholarships for academic excellence: Nicholas Boyer, Ben Faust, Veronica Fontama, Chris Holzinger Kingsboro, Sarah Leszczuk, Leah Major, Joseph Milicia, Aelon Porat and Justin Somers. Temple University was ranked 14th in the Northeast region by USA Today's Collegiate Readership Program, which encourages students to read newspapers by delivering free copies of The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today and The New York Times to the campus. Last fall, an average of 867 newspapers were picked up each day from the residence halls. A proposal is under consideration to make papers available in academic settings and public buildings such as the Student Center in the fall. Nationally, Temple has the 39th-largest program out of 410 participating colleges or universities. WRTI-FM's "Crossover" host Jill Pasternak and production manager Joe Patti received a 2006 Award for Excellence in Broadcasting for the specialty program featuring baritone Thomas Hampson, from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters on May 22. Literary Gestures: The Aesthetic in Asian American Writing, co-edited by English assistant professor SueIm Lee, was named an "essential" academic title by Choice magazine, a publication of the American Library Association. Lee also wrote the introduction to the book, which was published by Temple University Press in 2005. For more information on this honor, visit www.


April: Cosmopolitan. In a warning to readers, Patrick McDonnell of the School of Pharmacy explains how some antibiotics might reduce the effectiveness of the birth control pill. "These include common antibiotics like penicillin, which are taken for UTIs and bronchitis," he said. April 3: The Philadelphia Inquirer. Telling patients bad news is never easy, and medical schools are doing more to help young doctors learn how to manage the task. Temple's Medical School has been working on this issue for three years. Still, delivering bad news is not easy. Reports Dawn Fallik: "When students sit down for the talk, they make mistakes. Mostly, they talk too much, spewing out medical facts and babbling about how sorry they are and not focusing the conversation on the patient, said Ellen Tedaldi, a professor at Temple and director of the school's HIV Program." April 6: WPVI Channel 6. Summer is almost here. But are your legs and feet ready to come out from hiding? Leading podiatric physician Tracey Vlahovic offered valuable tips to help women get their feet and legs ready for the bare legs and open-toed shoes of summer. April 7: WHYY-FM. As incidents of parental rage rise, some parents need to learn to be "guests" at their children's games and events. "WHYY Morning Edition's" Brenda Jorett talked with Temple sports psychologist Michael Sachs. April 12: The Philadelphia Inquirer. Intense workouts are just the start as new football coach Al Golden readies his players for next year. "A lot of these kids think there's going to be a deep breath coming soon," Golden said with a smile. "And what they don't realize is that it's not coming. They think we're going to let up. But this is the pace of champions, and that's the way winners practice." April 14: The Chronicle of Higher Education. Reporter Scott Carlson and photographer Dennis Drenner combine to profile Temple's new TECH Center. "Now these oncehuge rooms have been chopped up, accented in sorbet colors, and filled with row upon row of shiny new PCs and Macs, flat-screen monitors, and high-end sound systems," Carlson wrote. "Some 6,000 Temple students march through daily, sitting down at hundreds of workstations and gathering in group-study rooms and lounge areas." April 28: As gas prices continue to rise in the United States, a major concern is how our prices compare to the cost of gasoline overseas. Experts say the difference between costs varies from country to country based purely on market forces. "The difference between gasoline prices is determined by a country's taxes or inefficient national petroleum monopoly," said Frederick Murphy, professor of management science operations management at The Fox School of Business and Management. "Previous oil crunches were precipitated by a devalued U.S. dollar, which oil trades in and from embargoes, but neither of those events occurred before this one; this crisis is pure market forces." May 1: WPVI-TV (ABC6). Pat Dillon of Temple Nursing and Larry Kaplan of Temple Medicine are studying the value of nursing and medical students learning together in a simulated medical environment. During a recent exercise at Temple's new simulation center, the students were observed reacting to a virtual cardiac arrest. "Our hope is that collaboration between the two disciplines at the student level will help them understand and appreciate each other's expertise and feel more comfortable working together," Dillon said.

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Photojournalism student featured in National Geographic magazine

By Betsy Winter [email protected]



sale at the Liacouras Center" for details.

Events May 25 to May 31

All events free unless otherwise noted. For the most up-to-date listings, visit the TUcalendar at http://calendar.

SUNDAY, May 28 "The Life Story of Marvin Gaye: Silky Soul Singer"

2:30 and 8 p.m. See "On sale at the Liacouras Center" for details.

Being published in National Geographic is just about every photojournalism student's dream, and from her first day at Temple, Faye Murman was no different. So getting a call from National Geographic senior editor Maggie Zackowitz this spring was an "emotional experience" for her: Murman's photo had been selected for the magazine's "Your Shot" section, where non-professionals submit shots relating to a theme, for publication in the June issue. "[Zackowitz] said when they looked at my photo `jaws dropped,'" Murman, 20, recalled. "Being employed by National Geographic was the goal that I was working toward, so you can imagine how thrilled I am to have a taste of what it's like so early in my life." A rising junior, Murman says she originally had no plans for her winning shot "other than personal enjoyment." Walking along Bainbridge Street, an artist's flag installation between Fifth and Sixth streets caught her eye, and she grabbed her camera. National Geographic illustrations editor Susan Welchman has described the resulting image as a "very dreamy, pleasant image that creates a lot of wonder in the viewer." "It was a chilly January evening,

Rome Campus: "Urban/Suburban" exhibition

Through June 21. Rome Campus. This exhibition, curated by Shara Wasserman, investigates the current state of photography through the works of 14 artists from six different countries. Sponsored by Temple Rome in collaboration with the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo for the FotoGrafia International Festival of Photography. For more information, contact Shara Wasserman at [email protected]

MONDAY, May 29

Memorial Day holiday. Official University holiday; no classes.

WEDNESDAY, May 31 Registration deadline: Eighth annual International Venture Fair

Held June 1, 8:30­11:30 a.m. Student Center, room 200. Featuring presentations of business plans for new technology ventures from Israel, Ireland and the United States by M.B.A. consulting teams. Also features winners of the Eighth Annual Temple University Business Plan Competition. Sponsored by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, Fox School of Business and Management. For more information or to register, contact Michelle Eisenberg at [email protected] or 215204-3082, or visit iei/2006venturefair.html.

THURSDAY, May 25 Temple Book Club: "Servant of the Lotus Feet: A Hare"

Photo courtesy Faye Murman

Photojournalism major Faye Murman shot an artist's installation of flags in Philadelphia from many angles, including this one, in January. Editors at National Geographic selected another photo from this shoot for their June issue.

and the wind was blowing the flags just right," Murman said. "I stuck around for maybe 15 minutes before I felt that I had taken some good shots." The photo, which was later titled "Close to home," was a perfect submission for the June "Your Shot" theme, "Where I live" -- at the time, Murman lived just three blocks away. The impact of her high-profile publication is still sinking in. "It took months for the fact that my photo was about to be published in National Geographic to hit me. [So] many people would be

looking at my photo -- maybe even some of my favorite National Geographic photographers, like Steve McCurry and David Alan Harvey. "As a photographer, I plan to travel relentlessly to every corner of the planet to reveal all aspects of the world to people who would otherwise never be able to see or experience it," Murman said of her future plans. "To me, this is my most important task." See Faye Murman's winning photo online at www7.national winners/0606/winner.html. N

1­2 p.m. Paley Library, ground floor, Paley Lecture Hall. Guest author: Gabriel Brandis. Bring your lunch. Beverages and light snacks provided. Sponsored by Temple University Libraries. To be added to the book club's listserv or for more information, contact Margaret Jerrido at [email protected] or 215-204-6639.

Author Lorene Cary book readings and signings

6 p.m. Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum, 1805 Pine St. Philadelphia author Lorene Cary will read excerpts from and sign copies of her new book, FREE! Great Escapes from Slavery on the Underground Railroad. This is Cary's first young adult book, a collection of nonfiction Underground Railroad stories. Cosponsored by the University Writing Program and New City Community Press at Temple. For more information, contact Nicole Meyenberg at 215-204-7347 or [email protected], or visit


Tickets are available at the Liacouras Center box office at 1776 N. Broad St. (cash sales only), online at or by telephone at 1888-OWLS-TIX.

The Life Story of Marvin Gaye: Silky Smooth Singer

May 26­28. A musical stage play about the singer's extraordinary climb to international stardom, performed by an allstar cast. $49­$62.

Gentlemen, start your engines!

FRIDAY, May 26

Last day to drop a course.

Care Bears Live: "Caring and Sharing Friends"

June 1­4. $14­$27. Visit www.liacouras for dates, times and prices.

"The Life Story of Marvin Gaye: Silky Soul Singer"

8­10:30 p.m. Liacouras Center. See "On sale at the Liacouras Center" for details.

List your events

If you would like your Universitysponsored event included in the TUcalendar, fill out the "Submit an Event" form at http://calendar. All submissions must be received at least two weeks prior to the event.

SATURDAY, May 27 "The Life Story of Marvin Gaye: Silky Soul Singer"

Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg/University Photography

2:30 and 8 p.m. Liacouras Center. See "On

EPA presents Duckrey with grant for asthma awareness programs

Officials from Temple's Partnership Schools joined with representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency at Duckrey Elementary School on May 15 to announce a grant from the EPA supporting asthma cessation and prevention initiatives at the school. The $12,500 grant will be used to raise awareness among Duckrey's students, staff and families as to what triggers asthma attacks and steps they can take to reduce the allergens in their school and home environments. "Through Temple's Surroundcare initiative, we aim to improve health in our Partnership Schools, with a focus on education and prevention. It's wonderful to collaborate with the federal EPA to address asthma, which is a severe problem for children and families in our neighborhoods," said John DiPaolo, executive director of Temple's Partnership Schools. In collaboration with Temple's colleges of Education and Health Professions, the schools of Medicine and Social Administration, and the Temple University Health System, Surroundcare promotes access to healthcare, social services and behavioral support for Partnership School students. Presenting the check was Donald S. Welsh, midAtlantic regional administrator for the EPA. Also in attendance was Duckrey Principal David Baugh.

-- Harriet Goodheart

Women in the Workplace

Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg/University Photography

A team of Temple mechanical engineering students practiced last week with a miniature race car they designed and built for the Society of Automotive Engineers' Formula SAE competition, May 17­20, at the Ford proving Grounds in Romeo, Mich. One hundred and forty colleges and universities registered for the event, which is co-sponsored by SAE, DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. The competition challenges students to conceive, design and fabricate a small, formula-style, autocross racing car. The cars are judged on technical compliance, cost, presentation, engineering design, solo performance trials, and high-performance track endurance.

-- Preston M. Moretz

Photo by Joseph V. Labolito/University Photography

A daylong symposium this spring, sponsored by the Center for Women's Health Research, Leadership and Advocacy, featured distinguished women from business and academia, as well as an afternoon research session focused on women and work. Ellen Sholevar (above), professor and residency training director of psychiatry at the School of Medicine and director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Temple University Hospital, discussed her work with inner city families in crisis at "Women in the Workplace: Research, Policy and Advocacy." Sholevar was a member of this year's steering committee. The keynote address was delivered by Shinae Chun, director of the women's bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor.

-- Tyana McAllister



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