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.”

Philadelphia Primary Results: What You Need to Know

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Sun, crisp air, and blue skies made perfect ballot-casting conditions for voters who participated in Philadelphia’s primary elections on Tuesday. Here’s a closer look at the election results and what they mean for the near and distant future:

District Attorney Race

Beth Grossman (R), Nominee for Philadelphia District Attorney.
Lawrence Krasner (D), Nominee for Philadelphia District Attorney.

Civil Rights attorney, Lawrence Krasner, clinched the Democratic nomination for Philadelphia District Attorney, winning 38.19 percent of the vote, approximately 58,200 votes, against six other Democratic opponents. The race drew notable attention when former D.A. Seth Williams announced that he would not seek reelection following his March 2017 indictment on 23 federal fraud and bribery charges. Krasner will face Republican candidate, Beth Grossman, who previously worked as an assistant district attorney and ran unopposed, in the general election on November 7, 2017.

City Controller Race

Michael Tomlinson (R), Nominee for Philadelphia City Controller
Rebecca Rhynhart (D), Nominee for Philadelphia City Controller.

The Democratic race for Philadelphia City Controller was won by Rebecca Rhynhart. In surprise victory, she bested outgoing City Controller, Alan Butkovitz, by garnering 58 percent of the vote against his 40.68 percent. Prior to resigning in order to focus on her campaign, Rhynhart served as the Chief Administrative Officer under Mayor Jim Kenney. Republican Michael Tomlinson, who ran unopposed, won his primary with 99 percent of the vote. Tomlinson previously ran as a Republican candidate for District 173 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Municipal Court Race

Matt Wolf (D), Nominee for Philadelphia Municipal Judge.
Marissa Brumbach (D), Nominee for Philadelphia Municipal Judge.

Due to the two vacancies in the Philadelphia Municipal Court, Democrats Marissa Brumbach and Matt Wolf both scored nominations to become Philadelphia Municipal Court Judges. Brumbach is an attorney who has run her own practice for more than 20 years and previously ran for the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in 2015. Opponent, Matt Wolf, has 24 years of experience as an attorney, most of which was spent as a trial attorney.

More Information

The general election will take place on November 7, 2017. The last day to register for the election is October 10. For more information on voter registration, visit www.pavoterservices.pa.gov.

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.

Marc Lamont Hill Joins Klein College of Media and Communication

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Dr. Marc Lamont Hill (pictured) previously attended and taught at Temple University.

Klein College students received an email Friday afternoon announcing that political activist and journalist, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, will be taking on a new role as the first Steve Charles Chair in Media, Cities and Solutions for the Lew Klein School of Media and Communication.

Hill, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, attended Temple University as an undergraduate student.

From 2005 to 2009, Hill served a professor of Urban Education and American Studies at Temple University before taking a position as an associate professor at Columbia University, Since 2014, Dr. Hill has taught Africana Studies to students at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Marc Lamont Hill has authored four bestselling books. In 2014, Ebony Magazine named him one of their ‘Power 100’ list. Hill has frequently appeared as a guest on Fox News, CNN, as well as MSNBC and HuffPost.

In the announcement, Klein College Dean David Boardman called Hill, “perfect for this role.” He continued, calling him, “A superb teacher, an outstanding researcher, and a high-profile, highly respected journalist and public intellectual.”

A Live Recap of Trump’s First 100 Days

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Temple Update reporter, Stetson Miller, joined us live from Washington D.C. this morning to discuss the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency.

During an interview with Stetson, Congressman Dwight Evans, a representative of Philadelphia’s second district, was critical of Trump, calling him “A person who just doesn’t have a clue about where he wants to go.”

Stetson also spoke with Pennsylvania Senator, Bob Casey, who called Trump’s victory against Hillary Clinton, “[a] self-inflicted” problem for the Democratic Party.

However, Junior Pennsylvania Senator, Pat Toomey, had a different perspective on Trump’s first few months in office. In a statement to Temple Update, he said, “Generally … I’m optimistic there’s a lot of good things we can accomplish.”

Your Graduation Forecast

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Graduation is drawing near and our Kate Reilly has the latest weather forecast for your commencement festivities.

Kate stepped into the Weather Center for the first time as she gets ready to graduate and head off to Fort Meyers, Florida, where she will be a news producer at NBC2/ABC7.

All of us here at Temple Update wish Kate and the entire senior class good luck and best wishes in their future endeavors.

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.

Crunch Time Café De-stressing Students During Finals

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It’s crunch time for students at Temple University, as finals have arrived.

With finals beginning this Thursday, May 4th, many students are looking for a way to escape the stressful environment.

The Paley Library is hosting its annual Crunch Time Café, an event that take place throughout the week until May 9th. The café aims to help students de-stress and take a break from the books, with activities ranging from games, free food, and even therapy dogs,

Kaitlyn Semborski, Administrative Specialist of Temple Libraries, coordinated the event. “We hope to provide a space where students can not only study and get help from a librarian, but also relax and get some free food,” Semborski says.

Along with giving students a way to take a break from their finals, the café also provides a much-needed mental break. Andrea Chang, a senior Math and Science Major, is taking on nine finals this semester. The Café helps her in taking her mind off of studying as she says, “Not having to think about finals that actually is really helpful in terms of studying and when I actually do have to study I’m not thinking about all the time in my head.”

Along with the Crunch Time Café, the Tech Center also aims to help students during finals week. It will be open 24/7 until May 10th.

Finals Week can have heavy effects on students, as sleep deprivation and malnutrition are some of the many things they commonly face.

With the help of Paley and the events of the Crunch Time Café, Andrea, as well as the many other students facing finals this coming week, will have a safe place to retreat when needing to take their heads out of their books.

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.