VACATION GETAWAY

OUTERBANKS, NC – Classes are cancelled this week which can only mean one thing, SPRING BREAK! Temple students will be soaking in the rays at warm weather destinations like the one pictured above. You can’t see any in this picture, but the Outerbanks in North Carolina is home to nearly 100 wild mustang horses that freely roam the off terrain areas on the island. Here’s a story I did on location in the Outerbanks on those wild horses.

OWLS TAKE OVER THE CAPITOL

WASHINGTON, DC – It’s almost impossible to find a cheesesteak, but Washington DC is a nice change of pace from life in Philadelphia. Exploring a new city is always fun, but it’s more of a workout when you’re doing it with fellow tour guides! Finding something to do in our nation’s capital was incredibly easy on a college budget. Luckily most of the museums around DC offer free admission so a convenient place to thaw out and warm up during our cold walks across the lawn. Of course, the one museum I have been dying to go to, the Newseum, charges admission but I can say it is definitely worth a visit! Inside the Newseum has specialized exhibits which help capture the nation’s history through journalism. It’s not everyday you get to touch segments of the Berlin wall or sift through hundreds of actual newspapers dating back to the beginning of the printing press.  If you’re like me and sometimes find museums overwhelming, fortunately tickets to the Newseum are valid for two days so you can come back and “go live” again in the museum’s interactive newsroom. You can see the “live” clip from my visit to the Newseum with Shay and Maura down below.

AND NOW…A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT

The start of a new school year is always an exciting time at Temple University.  I can still remember the butterflies I felt Freshmen year walking down Liacouras Walk on the first day of classes and feeling an overwhelming presence of Temple pride. Fast forward three years later and some things never change. As students embark on a new semester of classes the vibrant campus here in North Philadelphia is alive as ever. In addition to classes picking back up, it is also a hectic time of year inside Temple’s Howard Gittis Student Center as our 250+ student organizations are diligently planning exciting events for the weeks ahead. Over the past few weeks I started a new job for the Temple University Office of Communications. While I’ll still be giving tours to all of you perspective students I’ll also be creating various videos for the Temple University Online Newsroom. One of my first projects of the year was this welcome back message I put together for Temple President Dr. Ann Weaver Hart. You can take a look at the President’s “Hartfelt” address by watching the video below.

OWLS LEAVE THE NEST

Tears, hugs and lots of goodbyes could only mean one thing… Move in day is one of the busiest times of the year here on Temple University’s campus and a hectic time for Residential Life Director Kevin Williams. Last week Kevin along with the rest of his staff and student volunteers helped acclimate just over 5,000 students to their new homes. Temple University has 11 residence halls ranging from traditional suite style, to spacious apartment style setups.  Outside the sidewalks on Broadstreet were cluttered with mini mountains of student belongings including disco balls, TV’s, posters, refrigerators and lots of clothes. Students and their families pitched in to help speed up the move in process and by the end of the day sweat wasn’t the only thing streaming down the faces of many parents. Tears of joy and tears of sadness streamed down the faces of many parents like Temple mom, Genna Kundrati, who said, “it’s bittersweet, we’ll be teary-eyed and it’ll be quite an adjustment more for me than for her.” Students like Freshmen Fleche Jones felt confident about the transition to college, “If I can manage my time like in high school I’ll be fine.”  The Pittsburgh native is pursuing her dream of becoming a celebrity lawyer and with a smile says she’s got it all figured out.

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CREATIVE SPACE PT: 2

CREATIVE SPACE PT: 1

THEATRE OF LIFE

PHILADELPHIA, PA – It was a perfect fit as Temple University’s newest class of medical students tried on their white lab coats for the first time, marking the start to an exciting career ahead. This relatively new tradition, known as a white coat ceremony, is considered to be a rite of passage in the medical field. Dean of the Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Larry Kaiser, helped cloak the class of 2015 in their new set of white threads saying, “From the moment you put on that coat, you will become part of a great profession and all that goes with it. It’s almost a living thing … this kind of educational process.”This year’s white coat ceremony was Dr. Kaiser’s first as Dean of the School of Medicine and helped welcome in all 211 first year medical students.

GERONIMOOOOOOO!!!!

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Beat the summer heat and take a leap of faith into “Devil’s Pool,” a natural swimming hole located inside Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. After a short hike visitors can plunge into the refreshing Wissahickon Creekwater. This scenic spot, nestled back in the woods is known as one of Philadelphia’s best kept secrets. The area is said to have been a spiritual gathering site for local Native Americans and some locals still claim the site is haunted. Best of all this natural pool is less than 15 minutes from Temple University’s main campus. The question remains are YOU brave enough to take the dive? Devil’s Pool is open all year round so if you are a true thrill seeker I’d recommend you come back in the winter and take the “Polar Plunge.” On a recent trip to Devil’s Pool I witnessed two kids jump nearly 70ft off an overhanging bridge into the pool of shallow water (everyone was okay) but this is not recommended. You can see these true thrill seekers and some other clips taken from my cell phone camera in the video below.

8.5 MINUTES

8.5 MINUTES  – 510 SECONDS – is all it takes to travel into outer space according to Dr. Bernard Harris who made the trip twice over the course of his career. Dr. Harris is the first African American to enter the dark abyss and now the former astronaut is energizing students on the importance of math and science through his own summer science camp hosted by Temple’s college of Science and Technology. Last week Dr. Harris shared his first hand space experience with over 50 wide eyed middle schoolers full of questions. In addition to recounting his space adventures Dr. Harris also expressed the educational importance of math and science by saying, “There is no limit to what you can learn, around here the sky is the limit.” Dr. Harris also led the middle schoolers in a “Space Suit Challenge” where students competed in teams to create  a mock space suit out of ordinary household materials such as masking tape, paper plates, and aluminum foil. You can hear what space was like from Dr. Harris by watching the video below!