Temple University Hosts Health and Wellness Fair

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On Wednesday April 19th, Temple University Human Resources, Total Wellness, and Benefits and Absence Management hosted the 15th annual employee Health and Wellness Fair. Temple faculty and staff were able to enter raffles, receive massages, and more at Mitten Hall.

Along with the fun activities, vendors from the Philadelphia area showed up to help educate the employees about their own health and wellness. One vendor, Jen Laurence, a dietician from Family Food, gave advice on nutrition and dietary needs. “Working with a dietician can also just help you feel your best, help you to maintain a healthy weight and help you to prevent disease. If you’re healthy right now and you want to stay healthy, working with a dietician can help you achieve these goals,” says Laurence.

With the vendors from the local area, Temple Wellness, safety, and more came out to the event. “I’m always curious to see what Temple has to offer, it’s part of the benefits being an employee at Temple,” says Albana Cejne, a Temple employee. Temple also offered biometric and oral, head & neck cancer screenings for those who wished to take part.

In the end, tons of employees came out for the event, and officials hope for the Health and Wellness Fair to return again next year.

Protecting the Planet, Along with Identities

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Temple’s Office of Information Security and Privacy, Sustainability, and the Computer Recycling Center  came together to host the first ever paper shred event. The paper shred event took place on Monday, April 3rd, as one of the many events a part of Sustainability Week at Temple University. A ProShred Security truck came to Founder’s Garden to shred papers and personal documents students, faculty, and staff wished to get rid of.

Not only does paper shredding help the environment, but it provides a secure way for people to dispose of classified documents containing personal information. “Today we’re putting this event on because we are trying to inform people about having privacy information at their home on paper shred, so it’s really important to get rid of old documents like tax returns or things with your social security number on it,” said Associate Vice President of Computer Services, Larry Brandolph.

Computer Services hoped to educate people about identity security, and that some documents need to be shredded, not just thrown away.

Along with the shredding, organizers of the event gave out information and water bottles to help educate people about sustainability and how everyone can help out. In the end, the event collected more than 5,000 pounds of paper. Officials hope to surpass that record when it returns next year.

Temple KDP Chapter Hosts Book Drive for Community Public School

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Kappa Delta Pi has been an International Honors Society in Education since 1911. The organization was founded to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching others. The Society started with a single local chapter and has grown for over a century into the international organization it is today with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million members. Temple University’s KDP, Alpha Alpha Nu Chapter, founded on October 10th 2001, continues to strive today towards sustaining an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence by advancing the education of a local elementary school, Dr. Tanner G Duckery Public School.

Temple’s KDP Chapter is focusing their attention on fundraising in order to build a new library for the Dr. Tanner G Duckery Public School, which is located just two blocks away from Temple’s Main campus. The Society is hoping to receive most of the funds for the project through OwlCrowd. OwlCrowd is a campaign throughout Temple Universty that has received over $54,340 from more than 570 donors. This is the 8th OwlCrowd campaign and the Alpha Alpha Nu Chapter is hoping their application for funds will be accepted so they can begin their work on the education in the local Temple community. In a personal interview KDP, Alpha Alpha Nu Chapter Secretary Jeannette Rupprecht says, “Our goal hopefully is to build better relations with you know Temple, and the College of Education, as well as the community.” Previous projects funded by OwlCrowd can be found in the archives.

In order to make the new library the best it can be, KDR is also accepting new to slightly used books to fill the shelves. Students, faculty, and everyone who would like to donate can find the brightly decorated donation boxes in the Shimada Resource Center located in Ritter Annex room 150. KDR is asking for books that are in the range of slightly before kindergarten to 8th grade. Over 500 books have already flooded the donation boxes, but the total amount of donations that will be accepted are limitless. William Pestcoe, the KDP Treasurer told us the donations are,”giving back to them so they can have a nice base, and a nice foundation for reading, writing, and building that library for them is going to be not only a great thing for us but for them and a community as a whole.” Those who would like to donate have up until a week after spring break on March 24th.

The Alpha Alpha Nu Chapter plans on returning to the completed library to host events and activities for the children. Kristen Shields, the KDP Event Coordinator, says, “I definitely think it’s something that we should have a continued relationship, we shouldn’t just build a library and you know, never come back.”

There is no set date for the completion fo the new library, but the International Honors Society in Education is hoping to open in early May.

Temple’s Eyes Move From Blackboard to Canvas

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Since 1999 Temple University has used Blackboard as its online course management system. After 18 years, Blackboard’s contract with Temple University will come to an end in the summer of 2017. With this contract ending, Temple has the option of either choosing to continue the partnership with Blackboard, or turn to a new system. One option Temple is looking into is another course management system, Canvas.

Canvas includes many features such as chatting with professors, viewing assignments, and more. In order to get opinions from faculty and staff of Temple University, Temple’s Computer Services has created a pilot of Canvas. This pilot is currently being used by 25 courses across Temple, including in courses abroad in London and Japan. This pilot gives faculty and students a chance to compare Canvas to Blackboard. With the pilot, students and faculty will take multiple surveys and meet with committee members in order for Computer Services to be given proper feedback.

Since Canvas is a different system, Temple Computer Services is offering a number of help outlets. This includes a 24-hour, 7 days a week, phone hotline, (844) 683-6439, where students can get help if they are having trouble with the system. There is also a live chat for technical support at https://cases.canvaslms.com/apex/liveagentchat. For classes taking part in the Canvas pilot, instructors are able to come in and explain the system.

There is also an option for people not participating in the pilot to be given a chance to try Canvas. This “Sandbox” gives other Temple students and faculty a chance to play around with the new system.

Even though Computer Services is looking into Canvas, it wants to make it clear that this does not mean Temple is definitely switching to Canvas when the contract with Blackboard runs out. Computer Service says it is simply looking into Canvas in an attempt to create a report to pitch Canvas to both the Provost and Vice President of Computer Services this summer. And if a decision is made to switch from Canvas to Blackboard, the process would not be automatic. There would be a migration period of at least two years.