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CLA welcomes the class of 2018

The College of Liberal Arts’ (CLA) class of 2018 began their college careers at

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convocation. Among the 930 new member of the class, there are students from around the world. They hail from China, South Korea, India and Vietnam. These students are spread over 33 majors. The class of 2018 is the most diverse class the College of Liberal Arts has ever seen.

66% of the class comes from Pennsylvania. Other come from Maryland, New Jersey, New York, California and Colorado. 30% of the class will be the first in their families to earn a college degree.

At the event, Dean Teresa S. Soufas and other faculty members offered advice and support to the freshman class. “Take risks, and please, talk to your faculty. We love to talk with you,” SOufas said before inviting everyone to stop by her office on the 12th floor of Anderson Hall, “but not all at once” she added.

University Convocation

The entire class proudly wore their new CLA t-shirts to the Liacouras Center for a convocation ceremony uniting all of Temple’s schools and colleges. President Theobald welcomed students and new tenured professors to Temple.

The honors and speeches finished off with renowned actor Bill Cosby’s address. While also making everyone laugh, Cosby spoke about serious hard work and successful attitudes and advocated for the “elimination of hate” as a virtue for the class to strive towards in their lives.

The Pep Rally Starts

Student Body President Ray Smeriglio kicked off the post-ceremoney show with a bang. After a locker room pep talk from Football Coach Matt Rhule, the Diamond Gems performed. Temple’s orchestra and band also gave a performance.

After Flying In 4, the class of 2018 will return to the Liacouras Center to sing the alma mater again and graduate.

“You are indeed an extraordinary class” President Theobald said.


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Temple University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa 2014 Inductees

On Wednesday, May 14, Temple University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious liberal arts honor society on the undergraduate level in the United States, held its induction ceremony for this year’s inductees. Greeted by Miles Orvell, Professor of English and American Studies and President of Rho Chapter, as well as by Hai-Lung Dai, Provost of Temple University, inductees heard a brief history of Phi Beta Kappa followed by student speaker, Helen Louise Gassman, who was a History major and Latin minor. Lila Corwin Berman, Associate Professor of History and the Murray Friedman Professor and Director of Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, also addressed the students. In recognition of extraordinary lifetime achievement in scholarship, Joseph Margolis, Professor of Philosophy was given Honorary PBK Membership. Students were then inducted into PBK by Richard Deeg, Vice President of Rho Chapter and Professor and Chair of Political Science, and Chris Wolfgang, Secretary of Rho Chapter and Director of Academic Advising.

2014 Inductees

Mary Kathleen Alice Ah Reum Allison
Chelsea Lynn Alvarado
Katherine Glory Ament
Andrew Baggaley
Elaine Grace Barton
Wilfred Towieh Beaye
David Corwin Braak
Sarah E. Brubaker
Claire Elizabeth Burns-Lynch
Christina Elizabeth Cerra
Melissa Isabel Chipollini
Jay Laughlin Copper
Emily Elizabeth Corry
Benjamin Cross
Patrick Charles DeBrosse
Kelsey Brianna deCerchio
Emily Della Fera
Lateefat O. Durosinmi-Etti
Gregory W. Ferris
Davea Angela Foster-Livingstone
Sonia Leayle Galiber
Shani Asha Gardner
Helen Louise Gassmann
Sara Ginsberg
Alex Joseph Hannan
Stephanie Hernandez
Bonnie Robin Holm
Elizabeth Vera Kemmerer
Mohammad Junayed Khan
Whitney Leigh Kling

Molly Teresa Lawrence
Chloe Hyun Lee
Keith William Lehman III
Alexandra Rockwell Lorenz
Madeline Elizabeth Luebbert
Michael T. Madeja
Keantre Martice Malone
Kelly I. McArdle
Joseph Flannery McCune
Rachel Renee Middleton
Hannah Moldt
Anne Norwood Nardolilli
Kutaiba Nazif
Lauren Hope Newman
Quynh Le Dieu Nguyen
Kathryn Claire Obrien
Stuart Olshevski
Ellen Catherine Papacostas
Rachel R Passman
Priyanka Sunil Patel
Angelyce Lawren Purnell
Kyra Bergen Lee Shore
Lea Cosette Stephenson
Donielle Lynn Streuli
Marta Sydoryak
Ashley Rose Tryba
Julia Ann Tunis
Elizabeth Cherie Tuzo
Lauren Daphne Williams


Senior criminal justice major Wilfred Beaye will attend Harvard Law School this fall.

Wilfred Beaye: Harvard bound

Degree: BS, criminal justice, College of Liberal Arts

Wilfred Beaye was only at Temple for two years, but he certainly made the most of his time. A transfer student from Bucks County Community College, Beaye will attend Harvard Law School this fall.

Beaye, who is the first in his family to attend college, says he owes much to his mother, who left behind her life and family in Liberia to move to the U.S. after his father’s death in the ’90s.

“When I was younger, I really didn’t appreciate [the sacrifices],” Beaye said. “I am really thankful that I can give her these kinds of moments and say, ‘Good job, Mom!’”

In addition to his mother, Beaye says that two aunts continuously reminded him of his potential. His Aunt Summer even prophesied his admission to Harvard: She bought a Harvard sweatsuit on a visit to the school when Beaye was in 10th grade and told people her nephew would attend Harvard one day.

At Temple, Beaye credits Aunshul Rege, assistant professor of criminal justice, with much of his academic success. He worked with Rege as a Diamond Peer Teacher, a competitive program at Temple that allows upper level undergraduates to co-teach college-level courses. And it was Rege who guided him on an undergraduate research project that examined the complications of law enforcement in physical and cyberspace, and recommended him for an internship as a crime analyst with the Amtrak Police Department.

In addition, Beaye says that each appointment with his advisor, Pre-law Program Director and Associate Professor Paul Crowe, gave him the confidence that he could do anything in his career.

“He was pivotal throughout the entire law-school application process,” said Beaye. “He continually encouraged me, even when I felt I was not the best applicant, reviewed my application components and answered all of my neurotic e-mails regarding my fears about each application.”

Beaye says that Temple really pushed him to achieve more than he thought possible.

“When I first came to school, I thought I was going to get out and just get a regular job, but Temple taught me I can do so many things,” he said. “I can use my education to help people. I can do things that influence the world in a way I didn’t realize before.”


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Public-history partnership leads to full-time work for Temple graduate

Seth Bruggeman, director of Temple’s Center for Public History, has long seen Philadelphia as a living, vibrant classroom. He has sent his students to study at the Eastern Penitentiary Prison and brought a roaming, interactive museum to the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington. Now, he is collaborating with the Print Center—an art gallery and education center in Rittenhouse Square—to offer an internship and a full-time job to Mary O’Neill, a graduate student of public history.

Founded in 1915, the Print Center showcases print and photography exhibitions, and examines the changing role print and photography have played throughout history.

“The Print Center contacted me about the possibility of involving a student in developing exhibits and programming surrounding its 100th anniversary celebration,” Bruggeman said. “We used a tuition waiver to recruit Mary O’Neill, a stellar applicant with a background in the visual arts. It occurred to me that Mary might be willing to tailor her master’s thesis project to the Print Center’s needs if we could offer something special in return. What is more special these days than a job?”

O’Neill’s internship commences this summer, when she will sift through the city’s archives and help assemble collections for display. Her work with the Print Center will be exhibited for its centennial celebration next year. O’Neill’s background in the visual arts and anthropology will help her bring the past century in Philadelphia history to life through the art she discovers tucked away in the archives.

“These are boxes no one has gone through before,” O’Neill said. “Meeting minutes, correspondences, letters; I’ll be sorting through them all.” As she leafs through the material, she will be looking for artifacts that connect the Print Center’s history with the larger art world.

“I don’t know of any other public-history programs that offer a more reliable route to postgraduate employment,” Bruggeman said. “It’s a model that makes perfect sense in Philadelphia, a city whose public historical resources—including museums, archives and historic sites—are unparalleled in scope and quality. It also makes sense for a public-history program that prides itself on training dedicated historians with a passion for community engagement.”

“It’s a model that makes perfect sense in Philadelphia, a city whose public historical resources—including museums, archives and historic sites—are unparalleled in scope and quality.” – Seth Bruggeman, assistant professor of history and American studies

While O’Neill’s job is guaranteed, there are a few conditions attached: She must complete her program of study successfully in order for the Print Center to offer her the position. And though her first year of employment is guaranteed, anything longer than a year depends on the funding the Print Center has available.

“At a minimum, we expect that Mary will serve for roughly a year in the capacity of a project manager, a typical entry-level position for public-history graduates and a great way to begin building a résumé,” Bruggeman said.

O’Neill’s position also furthers the Print Center’s mission to highlight the importance of both printmaking and photography and further appreciation of those media.

“In addition to telling a valuable historical story about Philadelphia, the scope of the center’s anniversary celebration will continue to raise Philadelphia’s profile as an art destination,” said Elizabeth Spungen, executive director of the Print Center. “Hopefully, it will launch us to places we haven’t imagined yet.”

– Anna Goldfarb, SMC ’08


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Brittany Redfern: Experience and Determination

For her senior research project in sociology, Brittany Redfern set out to understand and bring awareness to barriers to breast feeding among low-income African-American women.

The idea for that research came from Joshua Klugman, assistant professor of sociology. Klugman encouraged Redfern to draw on her personal experience as a single mother to shed light on the poorly understood causes for socioeconomic and racial disparities in breastfeeding rates among women in the U.S..

A graduate of Philadelphia’s Central High School, Redfern learned she was pregnant as a sophomore at Temple and gave birth to her son  in October of her junior year. But her delivery did not stop her from earning her undergraduate degree in four years—nor did it keep her from gaining admission to Widener University School of Law, which she will begin attending in the fall.

Redfern is the first to admit she could not have done it without the network of support she found at Temple. That group includes an advisor who told her to stay in school, a professor who once allowed her to bring her son to a final exam and even an administrative assistant who let Redfern use the Department of Sociology’s fax machine to send an important document to her child’s pediatrician.

“My advisor, Rashidah Andrews, encouraged me to break down the stereotypes of young black mothers,” Redfern said. “When many said I should take a semester off, Rashidah pushed me forward and told me that a baby wouldn’t stop me from going where I planned to be.”

She also credits Associate Professor of Sociology Mary Stricker, CLA ’96, ’01, with helping her find her voice. “Mary constantly reminded me that my thoughts are valid and that I should speak up, because I represent a group that deserves to be heard,” Redfern said.

“Those at Temple have taught me what a support system is,” she said. “They want to see you reach your dreams and won’t stop helping you until you do.”

Kim Fischer


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Three CLA students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program awardees for 2014 have just been announced. Rochelle Coretta Cassells, and Kathryn Devlin – both pscyhology students – and Sierra Ross Gladfelter, geography major, have been awarded  NSF Graduate Research Fellowships for 2014. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $32,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. NSF received over 14,000 applications for the 2014 competition, and made 2,000 fellowship award offers.

 


Temple exhibit drives home local history

Temple exhibit drives home local history

“Manufacturing Fire”, the debut exhibit of the Philadelphia History Truck, opened Friday, documenting a people’s history of East Kensington. Temple University hopes to make the student-run project part of its permanent curriculum, and it may be a national model.

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Jordan Klein, left, Exhibition Planning and Design Consultant, and Erin Bernard, right, Founding Director, are shown in the Little Berlin art gallery on April 2, 2014, where the exhibit is being installed. The painting “New Jerusalem” by Sister Helen Brancato, which is part of the exhibit, is shown by them. ( CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer )


Joyce Rasing was awarded the SIG (Straw into Gold) Scholarship, endowed by Ronnyjane Goldsmith, CLA ’68, ’70, ’82, and given to a student in the College of Liberal Arts who has lost one or both parents, “in order that their personal dreams and professional aspirations may come true.”

CLA student turns hardship into service

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Growing up, Joyce Rasing, Class of 2015, did not know her father. And for years, she lived in an abusive household with her mother and stepfather. When she was about to graduate high school, she experienced parental abandonment. Rasing was able to stay with her grandparents for a while, but was soon homeless. The weekend just before her first semester at Temple, she was finally able to secure housing.

Charges against Rasing’s stepfather were filed, and he went to court eventually. At the end of the first semester of her freshman year, the verdict was announced; in the summer of 2011, he was sentenced to 12 to 24 years in prison.

Rasing’s adversity has fueled a passion for helping others that extends from studying political science to dedicating her time to several organizations across Philadelphia. She tutors math at a women’s shelter, serves as a hotline counselor and directs a site for an SAT-prep program for low-income high school students.

“It has been a long road,” Rasing said. “Finding opportunities around the city to give back is a part of the healing process.”

In May 2011, Rasing was awarded the SIG (Straw into Gold) Scholarship, endowed by Ronnyjane Goldsmith, CLA ’68, ’70, ’82. That award is given to a student in the College of Liberal Arts who has lost one or both parents, “in order that their personal dreams and professional aspirations may come true.” Rasing says that after struggling for so long, receiving the scholarship was an immeasurable gain.

“The scholarship alleviates a lot of stress for me,” Rasing said. “With that and my state grants, I don’t have to worry about tuition payments.

“Why Ronnyjane gives is so inspiring,” Rasing continued. “Despite her own hardships, she’s been able to move on and move up, and to help others. I hope I can be like her one day.”

After Rasing graduates in February 2015, she plans to use her political-science degree to begin a career in public service, following in Goldsmith’s footsteps of giving back.

For those who might be living through a situation like Rasing’s, she offers some advice: “Surround yourself with individuals who want to see you succeed and will motivate you to keep going for whatever it is you really want. And don’t forget to pass that favor on to others.”


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Psychology Doctoral Candidate Selected to Attend Prestigious 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany

PHILADELPHIA, February 28, 2014 – Steven J. Simmons, a doctoral candidate in Psychology with a specialization in Neuroscience, has been selected by the scientific review panel of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings to participate in the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Only 600 top young researchers worldwide are given the opportunity to participate in Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. This year, 34 Nobel Laureates are expected to meet with the young researchers to share their knowledge, establish new contacts, and discuss topics in medicine relevant to global health, the challenges to medical care in developing countries, and other future research approaches.

Steven’s nomination to participate in this prestigious honor was put forth by Zebulon Kendrick, Vice Provost for Graduate Education. Steven was selected from a pool of 20 outstanding candidates in Psychology as the department’s sole nominee. Steven states, “The attendees at the Lindau Meeting are elite with respect to their contributions and innovative thinking toward bettering their science disciplines.” He recognizes that this opportunity presents a unique way in which to “openly discuss ideas and consider experimental methodologies with peers in related disciplines to better their own research and acquire a professional network for detailing and advancing such procedures before improving methodologies in the laboratory.”

Steven’s research topic is “Behavioral Neuroscience: Effects of Nicotine on Learning and Memory.” His research requires the use of cellular, molecular, and genetic techniques to better understand

nicotine’s effects on learning and memory in mice. While nicotine is present in the animal’s system, he investigates the effects of associative learning, of nicotine, and of learning on neurogenesis rates in mouse dorsal and ventral hippocampi. His research also examines molecular intracellular signaling cascades involved in learning and nicotine addiction.

Thomas Gould, Professor of Psychology, recommended Steven for the honor because he was impressed with Steven’s diligence in researching, establishing a protocol for, and implementing a new technique for looking at the effects of nicotine and learning on hippocampal neurogenesis rates in mice. He calls Steven “a rising scientist.”

Steven has worked in drug addiction research for the past three years. As an undergraduate at Rutgers University, he examined changes in affect during drug use in cocaine self-administering rats and acquired evidence that a euphoric state is uniquely experienced during initial drug use but not after animals titrate and achieve drug satiety. This work resulted in two publications, two poster presentations, a summer research fellowship, and two awards for research proposals. As a doctoral student at Temple University, his research has earned him authorship on a study to be submitted in Fall 2014 examining the effects of nicotine and learning on intracellular signaling cascades. He is also writing an invited review with Dr. Gould on the contribution of the β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunit in generating nicotine reward and symptoms of withdrawal. In September 2013, he earned a fellowship on a T32 institutional training grant through the National Institute of Drug Abuse. He plans to apply for a National Research Service Award through the National Institutes of Health when his training fellowship concludes.

Steven will attend the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany, from June 29 to July 4, 2014.


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Temple Made: Michael Madeja

VIDEO PRODUCTION: Gina Benigno

Name: Michael Madeja

Year: Senior

School: College of Liberal Arts

Major: Anthropology

Home town: Newportville, Pa.

Why I chose Temple: ”I knew from the get-go that I wanted a city school no matter what. In the city, there’s always something to do. My big three are music, museums and food. I’ve taken advantage of all things. Every Tuesday, I go to a new restaurant. It’s a tradition I started with some friends. I also wanted a school that offered biological anthropology. The final thing was the Temple Honors Program, because it offered the smaller-sized classrooms and a more personalized environment.”

Transformative moment: ”I’ve had two internships at the Philadelphia Zoo — the environmental education and animal behavior internship this summer and the public programs internship in the fall. It was an experiment. I didn’t expect anything. But I fell in love with the zoo. I’ve discovered that this is what I want to do with my life. It’s pure joy for me.

“This summer, I did a project on signs at the zoo and their relationship to the zoo’s mission. I’ve talked to zookeepers, people in conservation, curators and administrators of all types. Gradually, I got to know all about how a zoo works.

“The Philadelphia Zoo is the nation’s first zoo. It’s a world-class zoo right in Temple’s back yard. Kids Zoo U is the zoo’s new wildlife academy with an education center and a children’s zoo. Animals like goats and rats are a big part of Kids Zoo U. Adults are conditioned to think they’re disgusting. Kids love them. They pet them; they hug them. Kids see them for what they are — an animal they can connect with. Another part of Kids Zoo U helps kids learn about the connections between the things they do and saving wildlife. Kids learn that by doing really small things like making sure the lights are off and turning off the faucet when they’re brushing their teeth, they can save energy in small ways that add up to saving fishes and butterflies.

“The Philadelphia Zoo has really opened my eyes to a lot of different things. Before this I never saw myself working with kids in any capacity, but being here made me think about careers with children. I’ve also realized that zoos are more important than people think they are. There’s a research component, there are conservation efforts — all these behind-the-scenes things that people don’t think about.

“The zoo is a simple trolley ride away. It’s a great resource for Temple students. There’s something for everyone here. If you want to take some time off and hang out with cool animals and cool people, or if you want to learn about conservation efforts, it’s all at the Philadelphia Zoo. It’s like a city unto itself offering all these resources for people. It’s awesome. With the zoo in mind, Temple was the best choice I could have possibly made.”