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1. David Adamany, 1936–2016


During his tenure as president, David Adamany raised academic expectations for the entire university. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 in Sullivan Hall.

November 11, 2016

David W. Adamany, Temple University’s eighth president and an uncompromising advocate for high-quality education who transformed and invigorated the institution, died Thursday night after a brief illness. He was 80.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. in Sullivan Hall's Feinstone Lounge. The service is open to all.

Adamany, who was born in Janesville, Wisconsin, to an immigrant family of Lebanese heritage, came into office in 2000 and retired in 2006 as a university chancellor. He continued to teach for the university’s Beasley School of Law and the Political Science Department in the College of Liberal Arts.

“David demanded the best of everyone, especially himself,” said Temple University President Richard M. Englert. “He had an exacting vision of Temple as a place where everyone worked in unison for the benefit of our students and that’s the university he helped create.”

During his tenure as president, Adamany raised academic expectations for the entire university. One of his most influential achievements was to introduce a bold new program of general education for undergraduates. The enhanced gen-ed curriculum provided a shared intellectual backbone for all Temple students.

“Whenever someone asks me why it’s important to have high academic standards, I turn the question around,” Adamany said in 2006. “Can someone please explain to me why a kid from a working-class or middle-class background shouldn’t get the same kind of education as a kid who goes to an Ivy League school?”

“You have to drive for higher standards, because it’s good for students and it’s good for society,” he said at the time.

That vision for higher standards became a reality for Temple during Adamany’s watch, said Board of Trustees Chair Patrick J. O’Connor.

“David Adamany pushed Temple University to be its best self,” he said. “But David never forgot his own roots and made sure Temple remained true to its mission of being affordable, accessible, diverse and high quality, all at the same time.”

“That is a legacy we still hold dear,” said O’Connor. “Temple is nationally recognized today for the quality of its education because of David’s determination, and we owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude.”

Under Adamany’s watch, the quality of Temple’s student body grew. The average SAT score of Temple freshmen increased by more than 60 points. Its average high school GPA and enrollment in Temple’s Honors Program also rose.

Adamany helped expand the size of the student population. Total enrollment grew by 17 percent, fueled by an unprecedented 40 percent surge in undergraduate applications. The percentage of African-American, Latino and Asian students also increased, and Temple’s student body was rated the second most diverse in the nation by the Princeton Review.

To support all these students, Adamany helped recruit a new crop of exceptional faculty. Over a three-year period, Temple hired more than 140 tenured or tenure-track faculty. The influx of talented professors helped raise the university’s national standing among institutions of higher education.

Adamany also emphasized faculty research. Research expenditures grew by 40 percent, while research awards increased by more than 28 percent.

Adamany’s legacy is perhaps most visible in the development of Main Campus. Because of his leadership, Temple was able to further its transition from a commuter school to a vibrant residential community.

During Adamany’s presidency, more than $400 million was committed to capital projects. Construction work included the Student Center and the TECH Center, two of the most utilized facilities on campus today.

After he left the presidency in 2006, Adamany remained a vital part of the Temple community, serving as chancellor and Laura Carnell Professor of Law and Political Science. His courses included Election Law and The American Supreme Court.

Prior to arriving at Temple, Adamany had a lengthy and accomplished career in public service. He was former president of Wayne State University in Detroit, as well as chief executive officer of Detroit Public Schools. Adamany also worked for the governor’s staff in his home state of Wisconsin and served as vice president for academic affairs in the University of Maryland System and at California State University, Long Beach.

Adamany earned both his undergraduate degree and juris doctor from Harvard. He also earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.

David W. Adamany, Temple University’s eighth president, died Nov. 10, 2016, after a brief illness.

2. Temple student Ajee’ Wilson races toward an Olympic medal


After placing second in the prelims, she automatically qualified for the semifinals.

August 16, 2016

Temple student Ajee’ Wilson, Class of 2017, is continuing her quest for an Olympic medal after a strong showing in the preliminary round and advancing to the semifinals of the women’s 800-meter race.

The 22-year-old Wilson, a kinesiology major in the College of Public Health, finished second in her preliminary heat Wednesday, Aug. 17, behind South Africa’s Caster Semenya, who won silver at the 2012 Olympic Games. Wilson’s 1:59:44, which according to NBC was a season’s best time for her, automatically qualified her for the semifinals, which are scheduled for 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18.

Should Wilson advance to the final—and Runner’s World magazine has projected her as a medal contender—she would race for a spot on the podium at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.

Temple’s Ajee’ Wilson will continue her quest for an Olympic medal in the 800-meter race.

3. School of Tourism and Hospitality Management announces name change


Effective July 1, the school will be known as the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management.

May 19, 2016

The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Temple University will be renamed the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Temple University’s Board of Trustees voted May 10 to approve the school’s motion for rebranding, effective July 1. The name change reflects the school’s student population, as sport and recreation management students at the undergraduate and graduate levels comprise a slight majority of total enrollment. Also, the school will retain its STHM acronym.

“As we developed a plan to appropriately rebrand our school, it became apparent that we must find a creative way to best position ourselves for the future, while also honoring our storied past,” said Associate Dean Elizabeth H. Barber. “Our school was founded as STHM. We have attained national rankings, achieved international renown, hired award-winning faculty and educated industry-leading students as STHM. Those letters are synonymous with success at every level, and it was critical to our rebranding process that we preserve this acronym.”

Temple University’s Board of Trustees also approved the creation of a Department of Sport and Recreation Management within the school. The newly established department joins the existing Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Read the full story.

—Christopher A. Vito, SMC ’07 

The change to the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management will better reflect the school’s student population.

4. Next stop: Pittsburgh Steelers


Football player Tyler Matakevich has been drafted into the National Football League.

May 5, 2016

A week before Commencement, while most Temple students were in the midst of final exams, Tyler Matakevich, EDU ’15, and a handful of other members of the graduating class were on a different and more public path to their next stop.

After years of sacrifice and striving to balance the demands of succeeding as a student and an athlete, the most decorated Temple football player in university history was waiting with friends and family in his home state of Connecticut to hear if his name would get called in the 2016 NFL draft.

It was a long wait. As analysts predicted, he wasn’t picked in the first round last Thursday. Nor was he picked in the second or third round on Friday.

“I just want to hear my name called,” Matakevich said before the draft. “That’s been my dream since I was a little kid and I didn’t ever think I’d come this close to it actually being a possibility.”

[node:pullquote]On Saturday, some of his teammates started to get their chances. First was Tavon Young, selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round. Then the Washington Redskins picked Matt Ioannidis, SMC ’15, in the fifth round. The hours passed. Finally, in the seventh and final round, Matakevich got a phone call from Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin—the Steelers were choosing him with the eighth-to-last selection of the draft.

“I told [Tomlin] ‘This is the best decision you ever made,’” an emotional Matakevich told The Hartford Courant over the shouts of his family.

His now-former coach, Temple’s Matt Rhule, agrees.

“Tyler is a special player,” Rhule said. “He will play in the NFL for many years and will make the Steelers very happy. He gets credit for being a play-maker and being very instinctual, but what people don’t see is that he spends a lot of time studying film.”

By the end of the night, three undrafted Owls signed rookie free-agent contracts: Robby Anderson with the New York Jets; Kyle Friend, FOX ’15, also with the New York Jets; and Brandon Shippen, CLA ’15, with the Miami Dolphins. Published reports indicate that three more have earned minicamp tryouts: Shahbaz Ahmed, CLA ’15, with the Atlanta Falcons; Hershey Walton, SMC ’14, with the Seattle Seahawks; and Alex Wells with the New York Jets. They join the 10 Temple alumni who were already on NFL rosters before the draft.

The three draft selections tied Temple’s all-time high for players drafted in one year, capping a year of broken records both on and off the field for the seniors, almost all of whom have earned their degrees. Two weeks ago, when the NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate report, Temple football became one of only two programs in the nation (the other being Purdue University) never to post an annual Academic Progress Rate decline since the metric was formulated more than a decade ago.

“Tyler is a special player. He will play in the NFL for many years and will make the Steelers very happy.
Football Head Coach Matt Rhule
The American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year earned a spot in the National Football League.

5. Next stop: MD/PhD program at MUSC


Biology major Yongjoo (Jennifer) Cho followed her parents' lead and explored research during her time at Temple.

May 5, 2016

[node:video]Yongjoo (Jennifer) Cho transferred to Temple and wasted no time getting involved. The biology major participated in the Honors Program and undergraduate research initiatives. Her work in the lab—which was inspired by her mother—uncovered her passion for translational medicine. Her next stop is the Medical University of South Carolina's Medical Scientist Training Program, where she'll earn a dual MD/PhD.

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Biology major and CST student Commencement speaker Yongjoo (Jennifer) Cho is following her dream of being a medical scientist.

6. All about Temple’s diverse and dynamic Class of 2016


The university's 129th Commencement ceremony will celebrate Temple’s largest-ever graduating class, which is leaving the university on a high note.

May 5, 2016

They’re from as far away as Singapore and as close by as Cecil B. Moore. They range in age from 20 to 74. Eleven of them have an “Owl” in their name. And four of them come from a town called Temple.

This is the Temple University Class of 2016―a diverse, dynamic group of trailblazers who celebrate Commencement Friday, May 6.

The graduating class―Temple’s largest ever at 9,341 students―comprises 6,504 undergraduate students, 1,913 graduate students and 924 professional students.

As diverse and international as the real world
The graduates hail from 56 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties; 49 states and the District of Columbia; and 76 countries.

One graduate, DeNeisha Wallace, grew up just near Main Campus on Cecil B. Moore Avenue and 10th Street.

As part of the criminal justice department’s BA/MA five-year program, Wallace will return to Temple next year to complete her master’s degree.

“I feel as though Temple’s campus and Temple as a whole are like my home,” said Wallace, one of Temple’s 20/20 scholars.

All in all, about 20 percent of the class hails from Philadelphia. Nearly 220 students come from the seven ZIP codes surrounding Main Campus.

The class has 2,658 students of color. There are also nearly 3,000 undergraduate transfer students, and more than 400 Temple Honors students.

A historic time
During the graduates’ time at Temple, the university has reached one milestone after another.

In the fall of 2012―when many undergraduate members of the class first arrived at Temple―Neil D. Theobald was named Temple’s 10th president. Under his leadership, the university has launched innovative initiatives, enrolled record numbers of students and risen in national stature.

Main Campus has evolved as well. The Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Residential and Dining Complex opened in fall 2013. The Science Education and Research Center opened in fall 2014. And work is currently underway on Temple’s new, state-of-the-art library, which will have one of the largest green roofs in the state.

Leaving on a high note
Right now, the university has unprecedented momentum. In the 2015–2016 school year, Temple rose to its highest-ever ranking in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges. In a sign of the university’s growing research strength, Temple also ascended to the top tier of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

A recent Gallup study found that Temple graduates are more likely than many of their peers from other schools to thrive in social and community well-being, have “good jobs” linked to greater productivity and feel their alma mater prepared them well for life after graduation.

The university’s continued momentum positions Temple graduates to have even better lives after graduation.  

As psychology major Meghan Flack, Class of 2016, put it: “It feels like Temple is constantly doing new things to improve. My degree is just going to get more valuable over time.”

More than 9,300 students―who range in age from 20 to 74―comprise Temple University's graduating class.

7. Class of 2016 boasts Temple’s first Fly in 4 graduates


Meghan Flack and Dominque Owens-Pinkney are leading the charge on Temple’s innovative plan to fast-track students’ futures and limit their debt.

May 4, 2016

The Class of 2016 is full of pioneers. But only two graduates this year are at the forefront of Temple’s effort to fast-track students’ futures and limit their debt.

When they receive their degrees, Meghan Flack and Dominque Owens-Pinkney will become the first students to complete Fly in 4. They signed up for the groundbreaking program when it launched in 2014.

As transfer students, Flack and Owens-Pinkney had to earn their bachelor degrees in a total of four years, combining the credits they earned at Temple with their credits from previous institutions.

“When we created Fly in 4, the point was to reduce the time it takes students to graduate so they could limit their debt and enter the higher-paid, college-educated workforce more quickly,” said Jodi Levine Laufgraben, EDU ’95, vice provost for academic affairs, assessment and institutional research. “For transfers, that meant signing up for Fly in 4 if they had a path to graduate in a total of four years.”

Laufgraben said the initiative is helping students progress toward their degrees. About 600 more sophomores this year compared to last are on track to graduate in four years. If they stay the course, they’re expected to save more than $15 million in college costs.

Owens-Pinkney, who transferred from Montgomery County Community College, said she signed up for Fly in 4 because “it seemed like a good program to be involved in that would also help me finish my bachelor’s degree on time.”

A Spanish major from Eagleville, Pennsylvania, Owens-Pinkney has made the most of her time at Temple. She has studied abroad twice, including in Oviedo, Spain this semester.

Her next stop: a pre-med, post-baccalaureate program at La Salle University. “It’s been such an honor to be an Owl,” she said.

Flack, a psychology major from Cinnaminson, New Jersey, said she joined Fly in 4 because she wanted to save money.

The first person in her family to graduate from college, Flack credits Temple’s academic advisors with keeping her on track—so it’s no surprise that her future goal is to work as a college advisor. “Every institution I’ve been with has done nothing but help me achieve more and more and give me opportunities,” she said. “I want to be there to help other students get those opportunities.”

After high school, Flack felt unsure of what she wanted to do next. She enrolled at Rowan College at Burlington County and earned a 4.0 GPA in her first semester. With increased confidence, she transferred to Temple, where she’s graduating summa cum laude with a 3.9 GPA.

“The best part of this whole process has been how supportive Temple has been of me and my goals,” Flack said. “It has really been rewarding to be one of first students to graduate through Fly in 4.”

She added: “I love the feel of going to a big school that’s up and coming. It feels like Temple is constantly doing new things to improve. My degree is just going to get more valuable over time.”

By combining the credits they earned at Temple with their credits from previous institutions, two transfer students become the first to complete the program.

8. Next stop: Orthodontic residency


Amrita Bhan is continuing her journey at the Kornberg School of Dentistry with a two-year residency program.

May 4, 2016
Amrita Bhan 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Doctor of Dental Medicine
Next stop?
My next stop is orthodontic residency at Temple Dental.
How has your experience at Temple prepared you for your next stop?
Temple prepared me by giving me a strong foundation in clinical dentistry, and also by providing me with leadership experiences that helped me grow as a professional.
How have Temple faculty members influenced you?
The faculty at Temple's dental school was one of the best parts of my experience here. I felt that they went out of their way to teach me everything they possibly could in four years. My teachers pushed me every day to think critically and apply what I'd learned in the classroom to a clinical setting. I am looking forward to two more years at Temple!
What’s your favorite memory of your time at Temple?
My favorite memory so far is the day I treated my first patients. I remember feeling a mixture of excitement and anxiety. The excitement grew as I realized that I had the skills necessary and I would really be able to help change some of my patients' lives.
Doctor of Dentistry student Amrita Bhan will continue her studies at Temple through a two-year orthodontic residency.

9. Next stop: Graphic design at LEAF Commercial Capital


Advertising major Meredith Hebert developed a personal brand during her time at Temple, which helped her secure a graphic design job.

May 3, 2016

Meredith Hebert



Next Stop? 
Graphic designer, LEAF Commercial Capital Inc., Philadelphia

How did you choose your major?
When I enrolled at Temple, I was undecided. But I met with my advisor in the Academic Resource Center weekly to determine what I wanted to do. After completing the assignments she gave me, such as meeting with particular students or faculty members around the university, I found that the art direction track in the School of Media and Communications’ advertising program was perfect fit.

How did Temple prepare you for your next stop?
The advertising program encourages students to develop a personal brand and stresses the importance of developing a portfolio that has an online presence. The professors work with students one on one to make sure their portfolios are professional and complete. I was recruited to my current position based on my LinkedIn profile and online portfolio.

Did a particular faculty member or class influence you on your journey to your next stop?
I participated in SMC’s Study Away program in Barcelona. During my internship at Printsome that summer, I developed and designed graphic visuals for the company's blog, one of which went viral and was featured in online publications such as Adweek, GQ Italia and several others.

Advertising major Meredith Hebert worked with an advisor in the Academic Resource Center to find her path at Temple, which resulted in her next stop as a graphic designer.

10. Next stop: Wall Street


Finance major Ryan Rinaldi's experiences at Temple prepared him for a job in New York City.

May 2, 2016

Ryan Rinaldi made the most of his time as a student at Temple—from serving as president of Temple Student Government to studying abroad in Italy. The Scranton, Pennsylvania, native thrived during an internship with Goldman Sachs, which resulted in his next stop: a full-time compliance position with the New York-based investment bank. 

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Outgoing Temple Student Government President Ryan Rinaldi is taking his leadership skills from Broad Street to Wall Street.