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  • This issue of Gateways highlights Temple Universitys ongoing commitment to the communities surrounding its campuses and across the Commonwealth. Through inno-vative partnerships with community groups and civic leaders, Temple helps to strengthen the fabric of North Central Philadelphia, provide care to the underserved and create access to educational opportunity for people of all walks of life. New programs such as the 20/20 Scholarship Initiative and our telemedicine program help to ensure that Temple serves the community to increase the health and wellbeing of our neighbors.

    If you have any questions regarding the programs covered in this issue of Gateways, please contact Temples Office of Community Relations a1 (215) 204-7913.

    Celebrating temple Universitys CommUnity partnerships and serviCe

    New Temple scholarship program supports North Philadelphia students

    To help increase the number of Philadelphians with college degrees and to give back to its community, Temple has created 250 four-year scholarships to be awarded over 10 years to students in the North Philadelphia neighbor-hoods surrounding Main Campus. The new program will boost the amount of scholarships awarded to Philadelphia students by Temple to nearly $12 million annually. Temple Presi- dent Ann Weaver Hart and Mayor Michael Nutter announced the program at a celebra-tion for 2011 recipients in Sullivan Hall.

    The Temple 20/20 scholarship program takes its name from the universitys Temple 20/20 framework for campus development. The goal is to re-orient Temple toward North Broad Street and create a vibrant urban center that features residential space, retail attractions and recreational opportunities.

    The Temple 20/20 framework is designed to position our entire community for success in the future, and scholarships for our neigh-bors are a critical component for that success, said President Ann Weaver Hart.

    This program affirms Temples long-standing commitment to educate Philadelphians and provide access to all.

    Supporting and creating educational opportu-nities for Philadelphians has been a major priority for my administration, said Mayor Nutter. I want to thank Temple University for being a strong partner by providing 250 four-year scholarships to residents of North Philadelphia over the next 10 years. With more efforts like theirs, Philadelphia will be 21st century ready.

    The scholarships were awarded starting with the fall 2011 freshman class and will be available to students who live in Temples north Philadelphia community within the 19121, 19122, 19132 and 19133 zip codes at the time of application for admission. The $5,000 per year scholarships will help meet need not covered by financial aid, which includes other scholarships, student loans and institutional aid.

    Since its founding, Temple has been dedi-cated to providing higher education for

    Philadelphians. The university has educated more Philadelphia residents than any other university in Southeast Pennsylvania and possibly any in Pennsylvania. Last year, one-quarter (9,381) of Temples students were from Philadelphia. Among college-educated individuals, one out of every eight in the Greater Philadelphia area has at least one degree from Temple.

    Temple does so much to connect to its com-munity, said Congressman Chaka Fattah.

    I thank the university for taking a leadership role as an urban institution making a long-term commitment to our citys students.

    For more information on the Temple 20/20 scholarships, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Temple at 215-204-7200.


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    shown at a celebration for 2011 recipients of the temple 20/20 scholarship are state senator shirley m. Kitchen; scholarship recipients verishia Coaxum and naisha gonzalez; philadelphia mayor michael nutter; recipient Javon Johnson; temple president ann Weaver hart; recipient laquana sanford; Congressman Chaka Fattah; and recipients tyquinten gulley-allen and tamika adams.

  • lead professional medical interpreter nancy Figueroa with manager of interpreter services angel pagan.

    pictured at the conclusion of a recent dual role medical interpreters program are gradu-ates renata picciani, georgina santana, Wanda santana, program trainer elsie laboy, lisa adler, nydia ortega, program manager raquel r. daz, ivette gonzlez, selina Kanowitz, monica Krewson, heriangely Cruz-rojas, nancy Figueroa and program trainer martha Weaver.

    Diverse magazine ranks Temple in top 10 for African-American graduatesDiverse: Issues in Higher Education has ranked Temple among the top 10 institutions in num-ber of bachelors degrees granted to African-American students.The annual ranking, which is based on data compiled by the U.S. Department of Education, represents student graduation rates for the 200910 school year.According to Diverse, Temple is No. 9 among 100 American universities in the total number of bachelors degrees awarded to African-American students. Of the eight universities ahead of Temple, four are historically black institutions and three are online universities.National graduation studies show that on average about 56 percent of four-year college students graduate in six years. For African-American students, that figure drops to 41 percent.Temple improved its graduation rate among its African-American student body by 6 percent over the previous year, which helped raise the institutions ranking into the top 10, according to the report.

    An improvement in Temples academic advis-ing structure is just one of the factors related to the universitys growing graduation rate among African Americans, said Peter Jones, senior vice provost of undergraduate studies.

    Academic advisors are on the front line of the effort to increase our graduation and retention numbers, said Jones. Right now, 67 percent of all students graduate in six years and about 24-25 percent drop out in the first year. In an effort to grow our retention numbers, aca-demic advisors meet with undergraduates on a consistent basis to make sure they receive the help they need.Advising improvements in the last decade have already yielded significant increases in Temples graduation rates, a development that was noted in a recent story in the Chronicle of Higher Education. New initiatives that will help advisors intervene before academic prob-lems emerge, including the Risk-Based Retention Project and the Critical Paths Program, will continue to improve retention and graduation rates, as will President Ann Weaver Harts recent commitment to hire more academic advisors and develop more opportunities for their professional growth.

    Embracing diversity to serve patients

    Temple University Hospital has developed the Dual Role Medical Interpreters program, which utilizes the language skills of hospital employees to ensure patient care. Temple serves an incredibly diverse population of patients, some of whom are not proficient in English, and therefore cannot communi-cate their condition to hospital staff.

    Through the program, multilingual hospital staff members in a wide variety of clerical and administrative positions are provided training in medical terminology and transla-tion. Once the employee has completed 40 hours of classroom training, they take a translation examination over the telephone and are then certified to serve as translators for patients and medical professionals. Interpreters are then recertified on a yearly basis.

    Once certified, Dual Role Medical Interpreters serve as on-call translators during their regular work shifts. As patients need interpreters, these employees are called to the hospital floor to assist doctors in caring for patients.

    As many hospital staff members already speak languages in addition to English, the program provides them an added bonus for their skills: interpreters are paid for their training as well as for the number of translations they assist in.


  • representatives from the medical school, including Jose missri and William santamore of the department of Cardiology (from left) and medical school dean larry Kaiser, recently gathered at the maria de los santos health Center to receive a $100,000 gift from verizon Foundation to begin telemedicine light, a program in which doctors will work closely with community members to educate them on cardiovascular health.ry

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    Kids arts program takes aim at music education cutsIn October, the Temple Performing Arts Center (TPAC) held the first performance in a new grant-funded initiative designed to help fill the gap left by reduced arts funding in area schools.

    Supported by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundations Knight Arts Challenge, The Eyes Wide Open in North Philadelphia arts program brings local students to TPAC to participate in performances and learn about the arts.

    In addition to having fun, the children who attend the event learn concentration skills, said Daniel B. Capoferri, a senior educa-tion major and student teacher at Duckery Elementary School, who helped out at the recent performance.

    The arts made a huge difference in my life, said Capoferri. Early exposure to the arts increases brain power, boosts

    memory skills and instills a sense of pride in school-age children. I hope this program helps instill a love for the arts and music, and encourages them to get interested in an instrument.

    This is the inaugural year of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundations Knight Arts Challenge, a $9 million initiative sup-porting innovative projects that inspire and enrich Philadelphias communities. TPAC was selected from among more than 1,700 applications from our region. The founda-tion announced in May that TPAC was one of 32 winners from our


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