Vice President for Institutional Advancement Leaves University

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Dicker will be completing the same work at the University of Delaware under a different title. (Courtesy of University of Delaware)

Vice president for institutional advancement, Jim Dicker, has left Temple to become vice president for development and alumni relations at the University of Delaware.

Before his departure, Dicker was responsible for promoting alumni engagement and fundraising for the university. These proceeds usually went to campus construction projects and scholarships, including the Lewis Katz scholarship.

On Monday, Dicker began his position at the University of Delaware. Associate vice president of principal gifts, Meaghan Hogan, will be filling in as interim vice president for institutional advancement. According to university spokesman, Hillel Hoffmann, the status of a search for a permanent vice president is unknown at this time.

“One thing I’ve worked hard on over the last couple of years is building a culture of philanthropy within my department,” Dicker said. “I’m sure Meaghan will continue that culture and it’ll make for a smooth transition. I really wouldn’t anticipate any major changes.”

Dicker came to Temple in 2014 after working at Lafayette College for 26 years doing similar work. At the end of the 2014 fiscal year, Dicker told Philadelphia Business Journal that despite record-breaking fundraising numbers, it was “not even close to where it need[s] to be.”

The 2016 fiscal year ended with $79 million in donations, which exceeded Dicker’s donation goal by $4 million according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

“The past three years that I’ve been [at Temple] have all been record-breaking fundraising years,” Dicker said. “This [fiscal year] that just ended on June 30 will be the highest.”

Hogan says the institutional advancement office will maintain relationships with donors despite Dicker’s departure, with hopes of more record-breaking fundraising years.

Fox School of Business To Begin Renovation Project

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The project will provide 77,000 square feet of space, including an atrium.

The Fox School of Business has received approval to begin renovations on the building across from Fox’s Alter Hall.

The building, which is located at 1810 Liacouras Walk, will undergo renovations beginning in August. The project is expected to be complete by the start of the 2018-19 academic year, which coincides with Fox’s 100th anniversary.

The expansion will provide 77,000 square feet of additional space to meet the needs of Fox’s growing population. The extra space, including an atrium and an additional floor, will be used for classrooms and to improve the accessibility of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute.

“I am pleased that we have received approval to begin this important project,” said Dean of the Fox School of Business, M. Moshe Porat. “The growth of our student body and our faculty is a testament to the momentum of our school and the rankings our academic programs have attained. The space at 1810 Liacouras Walk will support our commitment to several of our academic pillars, and improve the accessibility of services we provide.”

The renovation will feature a skywalk connecting Speakman Hall and 1810 Liacouras Walk.

The outward appearance of 1810 Liacouras Walk will not be altered since it is protected as part of the city’s Park Avenue Historic District. Part of the project includes constructing an enclosed skywalk connecting the third floor of Speakman Hall and the fourth floor of 1810 Liacouras Walk, which will allow for easier travel between buildings.

The expansion of 1810 Liacouras Walk was recently approved by the Temple University Board of Trustees and the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The project is being funded through school and philanthropic contributions.

Cosby Trial Ruled Mistrial After Jury Deadlocks

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Cosby leaves the courthouse after the jury failed to reach a unanimous decision. (Courtesy of AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

On Saturday, Judge Steven O’Neill of the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial declared a mistrial after the jury was deadlocked.

The jury for the Norristown, Pennsylvania trial deliberated for more than 52 hours over 6 days on charges that Cosby drugged and molested a woman over a decade ago. The jury could not reach a unanimous decision on any of the three counts against Cosby, therefore unable to reach a verdict. District Attorney Kevin Steele plans to put him on trial a second time.

“She has shown such courage through this, and we are in awe of what she has done,” Steele said of accuser Andrea Constand. “She’s entitled to a verdict in this case.”

Over two years, 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault, with Constand’s accusation being the only to result in criminal charges.

None of the jurors, who were from the Pittsburgh area approximately 300 miles away from the courthouse, commented after the trial. It was not made clear how many jurors wanted to convict or acquit.

Judge Steven O’Neill comforted the jurors by saying their work was “one of the more courageous acts, one of the more selfless acts that I’ve seen in the justice system,” and he reminded prosecutors and the defense that “a mistrial is neither vindication nor victory for anybody.”

The Latest 2017-2018 Meal Plan and Dining Information

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Renovation to Student Center Food Court
The Student Center is currently being remodeled to accommodate new vendors such as Chick-fil-A.

As the Howard Gittis Student Center remains under renovation, new dining options through Aramark and meal plan prices for the 2017-2018 school year have been revealed.

In March, it was announced that multiple popular food vendors such as Chick-fil-A, BurgerFi, and Saladworks would be implemented into the Valaida S. Walker Food Court located in the Student Center. A new service called The Break will also be available, where students can order from the Food Court via an iPad and have it delivered.

Outside of the Student Center, there are more new dining options.

Located in Tyler School of Art, The Art of Bread features made-to-order sandwiches, salads, pastries, desserts from Stella’s Bakery & Creamery, and coffee from La Colombe: a local Philadelphia coffee brand. La Colombe coffee can also be found at Diamond General Express locations in James Beasley School of Law and Annenberg Hall, The Nook in Tuttleman Learning Center, and Granium in the Science Education and Research Center, all of which feature grab-n-go style foods and drinks.

Commonly known as “Downstairs Morgan,” the Morgan Hall Food Court will feature a new diner as well as a dessert vendor.

Morgan Hall Food Court will still feature popular Philadelphia cheesesteak joint Tony Luke’s. The only new vendors currently listed are The Night Owl Diner and Stella’s Bakery and Creamery, where the University’s Baker will have his own personal bake shop in addition to Little Baby’s Ice Cream.

Updated meal plan pricing for the new school year has also been made available.

Although prices have increased, there are several new options available all together. What was previously called J&H Unlimited has been changed to just Unlimited, meaning unlimited access to both the Louis J. Esposito Dining Center in J&H and the Morgan Hall Dining Center. Premium 15 Meal Passes, Premium 10 Meal Passes, and Premium 5 Meal Passes are the other new plans.

New students living on campus are required to have at least 10 meals per week. Last year’s Regular 10 Meal Plan cost $1,506.00 while the new 2017-2018 pricing brings it to $1,529.00. Another popular option, Premium 10, rose from $1,760.00 to $1,787.00. Across the board, prices have risen approximately 1%.

More information about meal plan pricing can be found at

Temple Hosts Citywide Job Fair

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Temple Director of Community Outreach and Employment Michael Robinson is the fair’s organizer.

Temple University will host the 11th annual Neighborhood Job Fair tomorrow, May 18th, from 9 AM to 1 PM.

The fair, which is to be held at the Student Pavilion, is the longest-running and most successful citywide job fair in Philadelphia. It will feature over 100 employers that are offering full-time and part-time positions.

The fair is free and open to the public with no registration required. Those attending should dress in business-professional attire and bring multiple resumes.

Employers participating include Aqua America, Kimberly-Clark, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, FBI, SEPTA, Temple University Hospital, Allied Universal Security, and more.

State Senator Sharif Street, who is a co-sponsor of the event, will provide welcoming remarks. Additionally, Temple Director of Community Outreach and Employment Michael Robinson, who is the event’s primary organizer, will be available for interviews.

“Our 11th annual Neighborhood Job Fair has over 100 confirmed employers, all hiring, with jobs ranging from entry-level to management-level opportunities,” Robinson said. “If you are a job seeker from the tristate region, this is the job fair you must attend.”

Tyler School of Art Appoints Dean

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Cahan will come from Yale University to serve as Tyler School of Art’s dean. (Courtesy of Andrew Schmidt)

According to Temple University President Richard M. Englert, Susan E. Cahan has been appointed dean of Tyler School of Art, which will become effective on July 1.

Cahan currently serves as associate dean for the arts at Yale College, Yale University’s undergraduate liberal arts college. She will follow Hester Stinnett, who has been Tyler’s interim dean since September of 2015.

“Hester has served the Tyler School of Art faithfully for more than three decades, including multiple stints as interim or acting dean,” Provost JoAnne A. Epps said. “Tyler would not have established the momentum that has defined the school in recent years without her guiding hand.”

Cahan’s portfolio at Yale College includes academic programs, co-curricular initiatives, fundraising, budgets, facilities, and public programs. Her research focuses on the relationship between artistic and social change.

“Tyler is a school with a purpose,” Cahan said. “I am inspired by Tyler’s bold vision of cultural production as aesthetically and socially transformative action, and I am thrilled to join a creative community in which faculty, students and their collaborative partners pursue this vision with passion and skill.”

Tyler School of Art is ranked No. 15 among American fine arts graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report. Several programs are in the top 10, including glass, printmaking, and painting and drawing. The school’s expanding curriculum was accompanied by a new building in 2009.

“Tyler is also a school with a place,” she continued. “Tyler’s engagement with Philadelphia, one of the world’s most vibrant arts centers—especially its engagement with the North Philadelphia community—puts the school in a unique position of strength. I look forward to experiencing the power of this relationship first hand.”

Student Center Summer Renovation

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Renovations include new vendors in the food court. (Courtesy of Aramark)

This summer, the Howard Gittis Student Center will undergo renovations in both its food court and atrium.

Due to this project, services and facilities will operate under different hours.

The main entrance of the building at 13th Street and Montgomery Avenue will close at 8 PM on Friday, May 12, and will remain closed until mid-August. Access will be redirected to the Student Center South entrance on 13th Street.

The bookstore will be open for regular summer hours: 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Thursday and 9 AM to 4 PM on Fridays. However, the store will be closed June 2 through June 16. Textbooks and other course materials will only be available at the Barnes & Noble on the corner of Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, including orders placed online through the Temple bookstore website.

The UPS Store will also be open regular summer hours: 9 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday. Once again, the exception is June 2 through June 16 when it will be closed.

Philadelphia Federal Credit Union will remain open for its normal hours of 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, and Graphics Media Center will be open 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. The Office of Sustainability and Blackstone LaunchPad will remain open 9 AM to 5 PM with limited closures, which will be posted.

The Student Center Information Desk will temporarily move to the south lobby starting on May 15. All conference rooms and administrative offices will be available throughout the renovation.

Questions about the project can be directed to the Student Center Operations office in 219M. For more information, visit the project website.

Graduation Ceremonies: What You Need to Know

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Nine-thousand people are expected to fill the seats of the Liacouras Center where university officials are preparing to send off the latest graduating class of Owls.

Strategic communications major Binh Nguyen is one of this year’s commencement speakers.

“It’s been a dream for me to speak at my college commencement since I was a little girl,” said Nguyen.

In addition to Nguyen, former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil will also speak at the commencement as well as receive an honorary degree for his public service.

“I’m very, very excited and it feels unreal,” Nguyen expressed.

Graduates will receive their degrees at their respective departmental ceremonies. The Fox School of Business will hold their ceremony on Thursday, May 11 at 1:30 PM in the Liacouras Center. The program for Theater, Film, and Media Arts will take place at the Temple Performing Arts Center on Thursday at 4:00 PM. The Klein College of Media and Communcation will send off its students on Thursday as well in McGonigle Hall and 5:30 PM.

On Friday, McGonigle Hall is also hosting the Tyler School of Art ceremony at 2:00 PM. The Lewis Katz School of Medicine event is taking place at the Kimmel Center at 9:00 AM.

On May 18, Beasley School of Law is hosting its ceremony at the Liacouras Center at 4:00 PM.

Lenfest to be Honored at Bell Tower

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A sketch of Lenfest Circle, expected to be done in fall 2017. (Courtesy of Temple University)

On Tuesday, Temple University Board of Trustees decided to honor H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest with a tribute at the Bell Tower.

The base of the historic Bell Tower will be landscaped in honor of the Trustee and named Lenfest Circle. The project is expected to be done by fall 2017.

“Those of us who have had the honor of working with Gerry over the years know he is a humble, down-to-earth person with a heart of gold,” said Board of Trustees Chair Patrick J. O’Connor. “The entire Temple University community has benefited from Gerry’s wisdom and experience, and we are delighted to approve this project as a sign of our deep admiration and respect.”

The Bell Tower structure will also be cleaned and resealed. The remodeling is on track with the Verdant Temple landscaping plan for campus.

Lenfest’s support led to the naming of Lew Klein Hall, and also provided a gift on behalf of the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. Furthermore, Joe First Media Center in Klein College is named in honor of Lenfest’s mentor.

Lenfest continually supports the community with generous donations. Temple awarded Lenfest an honorary doctorate in 2002 and gave him the Russell H. Conwell award in 2003. He additionally received the Musser Award for Excellence in Leadership from Temple’s Fox School of Business in 2006.

“The Bell Tower is home to decades of memories for hundreds of thousands of Temple alumni. I can think of no more appropriate place to make known this university’s esteem and regard for Gerry Lenfest,” President Richard M. Englert said.

3 Things to Know for Thursday, April 27

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A forensic officer examines a knife at the scene of the arrest. (Courtesy of Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

Delaware state trooper shot:

  • A Delaware state trooper was shot and killed outside a convenience store on Wednesday. The trooper, Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard, was shot multiple times as he approached a vehicle in a convenience store parking lot. One of the suspects ran while the other was arrested on the spot. The gunman barricaded himself in his house 15 miles away for hours. This morning, he exited the home, and after engaging police, he was shot and killed just before 9:30am.

Flynn warned about foreign government payments:

  • Documents released Thursday reveal that former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, was warned by authorities not to accept foreign government-sourced money without “advance approval” by the Pentagon when he retired from the military in 2014. Flynn was later paid tens of thousands of dollars for work of foreign interests. Investigations are now taking place to determine whether Flynn properly informed military authorities about the payments.

UK man arrested on suspicion of terrorism:

  • On Thursday, police performing a counterterrorism operation arrested a man carrying knives in a bag near Britain’s Parliament. The 27-year-old man was accused of planning terrorist acts. No one was injured during the incident, which took place where an attack killed five people last month.