Vicki L. McGarvey, Ed.D.
Vice Provost for University College and Acting Director
Temple University Ambler
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler PA 19002
Temple University Ambler, a respected innovator in research and education in social, economic, and environmental studies, delivers high-quality undergraduate, graduate, and non-credit courses and programs to meet the needs of the region and provide a rewarding life experience for students of all ages. Ambler Campus faculty members and administrators promote responsible citizenry through curricular and extracurricular activities and applied research that demonstrate and promote concepts central to the creation of strong, sustainable communities: student-centered learning, community engagement and respect for the environment.
The Ambler Campus is an ideal campus to pursue higher education, with a convenient location, courses in a variety of disciplines and a friendly atmosphere. Located in suburban Montgomery County, just 18 miles north of the Main Campus (and minutes from Route 309 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike), Ambler offers the benefits of a small college campus with the excitement and vast resources of a large university. Ambler attracts students who live or work in the greater Philadelphia area, including those from Philadelphia, Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties. The Blue Route (Route 476) also makes Temple University Ambler easily accessible to students from Chester and Delaware counties.
Students enjoy Ambler's beautiful grounds, student organizations and activities, and recreational facilities that include an exercise/weight room, outdoor pool, and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.
Ambler's facilities include science laboratories, a library, top-quality computer labs, smart classrooms, Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) labs/classrooms, a video conferencing room and 300-seat auditorium. Additionally, there is a writing-mathematics-science resource center.
The Ambler Campus offers undergraduate courses during the day, evening, weekends and online taught by the university's distinguished faculty. Students may begin many undergraduate programs at Ambler. Majors that can be completed entirely at Ambler include:
- Accounting (online classes required)
- Adult and Organizational Development
- Business Management
- Landscape Architecture
- Legal Studies (online classes required)
- Liberal Studies
- Marketing (online classes required)
For a complete list of undergraduate majors, minors, and certification programs (for degree and non-degree students) that can be completed at the Ambler Campus, go to: http://ambler.temple.edu/academics/degree-programs/undergraduate.
Undergraduate courses also include offerings from Temple's General Education curriculum (GenEd) and basic science courses in Chemistry and Earth and Environmental Science. Students pursuing Pre-Professional Health Studies may take some initial courses at Ambler required for admission to a professional school. Pre-Law students may remain at Ambler for four years, pursuing degrees in Business or the Social Sciences.
The campus is home to the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture (A.S. and B.S. in Horticulture programs; B.S. and M.L.Arch. in Landscape Architecture programs; plus undergraduate minors and certificates), and the Center for Sustainable Communities. These units are part of the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design in the Tyler School of Art (See the Tyler School of Art / Division of Architecture and Environmental Design section of this Bulletin for more details.)
The landscaped grounds, also known as the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, feature formal gardens, a sustainable wetland garden, green roof garden, healing garden, herb garden, winter garden, conifer garden, wooded areas, a native plant propagation center, and much more.
For a change of pace and scenery, Ambler students may also take courses at Main Campus, Center City, or the Health Sciences Center.
For more information about Ambler programs, please call 267-468-8100 or visit the Temple University Ambler Campus web site.
Academic Awards and Scholarships, Standards and Honor Societies at Ambler
For additional details and application procedures, go to http://ambler.temple.edu/admissions/costs-aid-and-scholarships/scholarships-ambler-campus
- Elizabeth Clarke Award for Conservation Education: presented to a graduating senior intending to study, teach, or work in the discipline of conservation education; based on the student's positive attitude and financial need.
- Criminal Justice Leadership Award: given to an Ambler graduating senior in Criminal Justice who exhibits a passion for learning and outstanding academic achievement.
- Gold Key Awards for Academic Excellence: given to Ambler students in the sophomore, junior and senior classes who have taken the greatest number of credits at the Ambler Campus and have achieved the highest grade point average.
- James W. Hilty Adult Student Award: established in 2008 by campus administration, an award to a current degree-seeking graduate or undergraduate student 25 years of age or older (taking more than half of his/her classes at Ambler) who has demonstrated academic excellence. Applicants must provide a two-paragraph personal statement outlining financial need, personal background, educational path from high school through college, and educational goals.
- Norman J. Kaner Memorial Award: established by the Temple University History Department and supported by family, faculty, and former students in honor of Norman J. Kaner, a member of the History Department from 1968 to 1993. This award is given to an Ambler graduating senior in history with the highest grade point average who best exemplifies the values of critical thought, social curiosity, and intellectual vigor that characterized Professor Kaner's teaching and scholarship.
- Kevin and Georgette Ruth Scholarship: given to an undergraduate or graduate Ambler Campus of record student who demonstrates financial need. Preference is given to full time students working 40 hours a week outside of the university with additional preference given to those who also support a family.
- Ambler Campus Summer Student Scholarship: given to an undergraduate or graduate Ambler Campus of record student who demonstrates financial need and will be taking summer classes on the Ambler Campus.
- Patricia A. Woods Memorial Fund Award: established in 1993 by friends of Pat Woods, a longtime faculty member and academic advisor at Ambler. The monetary award is given to an undergraduate student who: plans for advanced undergraduate or post-graduate study in the health professions; achieves academic excellence at Temple (grade point average of 3.5 or higher) and demonstrates commitment through experience or service related to the health professions. Applicants must be students who are seniors or are completing the semester prior to admission to their program of interest. The students must have completed at least two classes at the Ambler campus prior to applying for the award. The name of the recipient is added to the plaque hanging in West Hall.
Dean's List: Letters are received by students from the dean of the school or college in which they are enrolled in accordance with the academic criteria for scholastic distinction established by their college or school. See Dean's List.
Academic Standards: Students may receive an academic warning, be placed on probation, or be dismissed from the university based on university standards. See Academic Standing.
Academic and Student Services
Ambler Campus is a full-service campus with an array of offices and services to assist students in achieving educational success. The services described below are tailored to the needs of Ambler Campus students. For further information about support services provided at Ambler, please visit the Ambler Campus web site and/or the corresponding sections in this Bulletin describing these services.
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Degree students who have not attended Temple for one semester or more must complete an undergraduate request to re-enroll form prior to registering.
Academic Advising and Career Development
West Hall 109
Dedicated professional and faculty advisors at the Ambler Campus help students choose a program of study that is suited to their educational and career goals. While the students are ultimately responsible for knowing their academic status and requirements for their degree programs, advisors assist with information about program requirements and university policies and procedures. For transfer students, advisors can answer questions about transfer credit evaluations and determine whether these credits meet Temple program requirements.
Deciding on a major or profession can be a challenge. This office provides resources and expertise to assist students. These include: coaching/advising (online or in person), career materials, résumé critique, and workshops. Externships, internships, and cooperative work experiences provide students with valuable hands-on learning that can take them one step closer to their future careers. At Ambler, information about externships, department sponsored internships, and other career opportunities are available through the Career Development Services office. Also visit http://www.temple.edu/provost/careercenter/ to access Focus-2, a self assessment career tool; the OwlNetwork, an online resource for applying for jobs and internships; and Interview Stream, an online tool to practice interview skills.
Center for Undergraduate Advising - Ambler, Fox School of Business and Management
West Hall 109
Students can make an appointment online or call the number above to schedule an appointment.
Center for Student Professional Development
The Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD), part of the Fox School of Business and Management, coordinates all activities that support the ultimate goal of business students — choosing a meaningful and rewarding career. This annex is linked with the CSPD located in Alter Hall 134, at Main Campus. The CSPD strongly urges students to become active members of student professional organizations.
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The Bursar's Office is available for students to process tuition payments, resolve billing questions and purchase Ambler Campus parking hangtags.
Ambler Campus Technology (ACT) Center
Learning Center 106
Help Desk: 267-468-8323
The Ambler Campus Technology (ACT) Center is equipped with 80 PCs and 6 iMacs equipped with software for all Temple programs, color and black and white laser printing, two plotters, scanner applications, video editing equipment, and a wireless lounge area. A help desk area is located within the ACT Center. A breakout room is available for students to reserve.
Disability Resources and Services
West Hall 109
The Office of Academic and Student Services, in conjunction with Disability Resources and Services (Division of Student Affairs) at Main Campus, assists with providing accommodations for students with disabilities at Temple University's Ambler campus.
Financial Aid (Student Financial Services)
West Hall 103
Learning Center 102
Math-Science: Main Campus: 215-204-8466
Writing: Main Campus Hotline: 215-204-0700
The Writing-Math-Science Center (with computer lab) helps with questions about all aspects of writing, mathematics, and the sciences. It assists with brainstorming and planning papers, reports, and projects, and offers tutoring. This free service is open to all students. Please refer to the web sites listed above for hours of operation each semester and for online tutoring options.
267-468-8643 or 267-468-8648
The Ambler Library supports students and faculty with a collection of more than 120,000 items including a Leisure Reading collection; a Children's and Young Adult collection; a New Book area for books recently processed; current periodicals; maps; and DVDs, including feature films and documentaries in various fields. The library is part of the Temple University Libraries and through the Library Search and daily deliveries of materials requested via intra-library loan, the Ambler academic community is provided with convenient access to the discipline-based collections of all of Temple's libraries. The Ambler Library is part of the network that provides online access via the home page, https://library.temple.edu, to the Library Search. This online search tool is the gateway to discover collections of printed materials and a rich collection of electronic materials, including databases for research, other internet resources, electronic journals and e-books.
The Temple Ambler bookstore provides textbooks and course materials required for classes. It is an affiliate of Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, offering the services and conveniences of a great bookstore chain. The bookstore also carries stationery items, Temple apparel, health and beauty aids, snacks and other useful items.
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Temple University provides a free bus shuttle service on a regular schedule between the SEPTA Regional Rail station in Ambler and the Ambler Campus during the fall and spring semesters. There is also a fall and spring inter-campus bus service between Ambler, Health Science, and Main campuses for students who take classes at the Ambler Campus. Copies of the schedule and bus regulations are available in the Office of Student Life. (Note: There is no bus service in the summer to/from the Ambler Campus.)
The Ambler Health Services office, open Monday through Friday, allows students to drop in as needed to discuss health concerns with the RNs, who are certified in college health, and with physicians. Brochures are available on a wide range of health topics. Services provided at Temple University Ambler include: General Medical Clinic; Allergy Clinic; Self-care Center; women's health/family planning; immunizations, physical examinations and travel assessments; referrals to outside specialists and facilities; dispensary; and confidential HIV testing. The psychological counselor is available by appointment; see Psychological Services below. Health services are available to all currently enrolled students with a valid University I.D. Many services are free; some have discount charges for medication and treatment. (Please note: Ambler Health Services is not open in the summer.)
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Each semester, the Office of Student Life provides a listing of apartments and houses to rent or share for students seeking off-campus housing. Also, local apartment complex brochures are available. The Ambler Campus web site includes an online listing of area apartment complexes and rental agencies for students seeking off-campus housing.
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All individuals at the Ambler Campus are required to purchase parking hangtags. This office has hangtags available for students, faculty and staff to purchase.
Main Campus: 215-204-7276 for appointments
Free and confidential counseling services are available at Ambler by appointment only. Emergencies and/or "walk-ins" and psychiatric services are managed on the Main Campus at Tuttleman Counseling Services located at 1810 Liacouras Walk, 5th floor.
Student ID Cards (owlCard)
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Your OWLcard gives you access to Temple buildings, parking lots and services, including libraries and gyms. You can also user your OWLcard to access Diamond Dollars, the University's debit-card program.
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This office provides information and assistance regarding registration procedures. Information and requests for enrollment verifications, transcripts and applications for Pennsylvania residency qualification are available online at www.temple.edu/registrar.
Military and Veterans Service Center
Making the transition from military to college life can be challenging. To assist with this transition, the Military and Veterans Services Center works with the various university departments to plan and implement educational and social programs to help veteran students succeed at Temple University. For questions regarding the certification process and veterans benefits, contact the Temple University Certifying Officer in the Office of the University Registrar at 215-204-7378. For additional information on benefits, go to www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE
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This office supports and complements the university's academic mission by promoting social, cultural, educational, and developmental programs for the students at Ambler. The office provides opportunities through campus-wide programming and student organizations for students to develop special skills and interests, to interact regularly with other students, to plan and manage events, to participate in leadership training and self-governance, and to become involved in community-service projects.
Recreational sports opportunities include intramurals, open recreation, aquatic programs, aerobics and special events. A wide variety of activities are offered, ranging from structured, competitive leagues to self-directed fitness avenues. Facilities include an outdoor pool, a fitness room with both cardiovascular and free weight equipment, and basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts. Students may also participate in Main Campus recreational activities.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES OFFICE
Bright Hall Lounge
Students may obtain information about student activities including the campus activities calendar, ticket sales for athletic and entertainment events, bus schedules, off-campus housing, and general campus information.
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There are numerous student organizations to choose from on campus. Students are encouraged to join a professional or social organization to gain valuable leadership experience, meet and network with other students, organize fundraisers, and participate in service learning opportunities and events. For a full list of organizations, refer to the web site above.
For information about student organizations in the Fox School of Business and Management, refer to that section of the Bulletin.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
Bright Hall, 1st Floor
The Ambler Student Government Association (ASGA) enables Ambler students to seek solutions to their concerns pertaining to all aspects of the campus by serving as a liaison between the student body and university administration.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS
Awards to outstanding students and student groups are presented annually at the end of the spring semester. The Office of Student Life has more information on leadership awards.
Special Facilities and Programs
Michael Bavas, Advisor, Temple Ambler Aquaponics
Thomas Bilotta, Faculty Liaison
West Hall Lower Level
Aquaponics is the cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a self-sustaining, symbiotic environment. Students in the Temple Ambler Aquaponics organization and staff members have created a fully-developed and fully-accredited aquaponics garden, which has taken root in the lower level of West Hall. The lab is an interactive space for students to learn in conjunction with credit and non-credit classes. The facility also serves as a teaching model for community organizations, businesses and schools to learn to aquaponically grow their own food. Tours are provided for the community. The Aquaponics Laboratory is regulated under AALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care) guidelines ensuring the ethical treatment of aquaculture for education purposes.
Ambler Arboretum of Temple University
The Temple University Ambler Campus has a long history and rich tradition of horticulture and landscape design. Established as the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women in 1911, the 187-acre campus represents a unique mix of natural and designed landscapes. The gardens and campus serve as excellent outdoor teaching laboratories for numerous classes and as a source of inspiration for students, faculty, and visitors.
The Ambler Campus was officially designated an arboretum in March 2000. This historic public garden, now known as the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, continues to develop as a living laboratory. As the home of Temple University's Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, the Ambler Campus has a myriad of learning gardens, including a ground cover garden, native plant garden, formal gardens, green roof garden, rock wall, woodland garden, sustainable wetland garden, trial garden, the Viola Anders Herb Garden, the Philip A. and Barbara F. Albright Winter Garden, the Ernesta Ballard Healing Garden with labyrinth, the Colibraro Conifer Garden, and large perennial borders. The arboretum's three areas of focus are sustainability, the health benefits of gardens, and the history of women in horticulture, agriculture, and design.
The Ambler Campus Intercollegiate Athletics Field House, located off of Woods Drive, includes "green roof" structures, developed by Temple University with the help of a $50,000 grant from PECO. A green roof is a living biological community of plants that provides an environmentally-sound alternative to a traditional roof system. The green roof garden allows for educational and research opportunities for students and faculty.
The 300-seat Learning Center Auditorium, with smart technology and performance space, provides opportunities to offer cultural, educational and entertaining events for our students and the surrounding community. In this venue, Ambler Campus, once home to the Temple University Music Festival and Institute, again can host music and dance performances as well as lectures.
Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) at Temple University Ambler
Susan E. Spinella Sacks, M.S., Assistant Director
The Center for Sustainable Communities develops and promotes new approaches for protecting and preserving quality of life through sustainable development, balancing the relationship between environmental integrity, economic prosperity, and social equity. It was designed to build on Temple University Ambler's strengths in horticulture, landscape architecture and planning and to draw upon the expertise of all Temple University faculty. A working resource for government agencies, community organizations and developers, the center provides objective information and services to improve decision-making relative to land use and water resources planning, in addition to conducting interdisciplinary research and offering educational and community outreach programs.
Criminal Justice Training Programs (CJTP)
Criminal Justice Training Programs, a division of the Department of Criminal Justice, is an interdisciplinary unit that has conducted professional training for a variety of criminal justice agencies and occupations since 1968. Each year, more than 3,000 criminal justice employees attend programs offered by CJTP, including police personnel, sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, constables, school security officers, park rangers and court staff. Other activities include the development of training curricula and the delivery of continuing education and non-credit classes including distance-learning. Most recently, CJTP has been involved in the development of "ProRanger Philadelphia," an academic and technical skills training and paid internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train, and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service. Upon graduation from Temple University and successfully completing the ProRanger program, which includes a federally-accredited law enforcement training component, participants are eligible for permanent career tenure law enforcement park ranger positions with the National Park Service. Current students in any major who are interested in federal law enforcement are encouraged to find out about the ProRanger Program, and students completing their degree programs are eligible to attend the Temple Police Academy in preparation for a career in law enforcement.
Susan E. Spinella Sacks, Co-Coordinator; Assistant Director, Center for Sustainable Communities
James Duffy, Co-Coordinator; Public Relations and Website Coordinator
Hosted by Temple University Ambler and the Center for Sustainable Communities, EarthFest is an outdoor educational celebration of Earth Day held each year at Temple University Ambler. The mission of EarthFest is to promote environmental awareness using sustainable concepts, methods and practices to protect and preserve our environment. Organizations, businesses, colleges, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and individuals demonstrate sustainable concepts and technologies. Thousands of students from all over the region come together and spend time learning about the world in which we live and the interconnected systems on which the lives of people and animals depend. This event is central to Ambler's values of student-centered learning, respect for the environment, and community engagement.
Benjamin Snyder, Greenhouse Horticulturist
The Greenhouse at Temple University Ambler provides students with a first-class facility to study plant and soil science. The energy-efficient greenhouse includes computerized climate controls and thermal blankets to protect the plants in the winter and shade them in the summer. Modern fertilizer injection systems water and fertilize plants simultaneously. In addition to being used for coursework, the greenhouse provides faculty and students with a facility to conduct horticulture research that is at the forefront of the industry.
Temple Infant and Child Laboratory
The Temple University Ambler Infant and Child Laboratory invites parents and their children to shape the future by participating in research at the frontiers of science. The lab is directed by nationally-recognized child development authorities and professors Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Nora Newcombe. Faculty and staff provide fun-filled activities for children who become part of cutting-edge scientific discoveries. Parents learn more about their children's first words and ability to create mental maps. At the lab, infants, toddlers, and older children teach scientists new ways to optimize education and advance learning.
For contact information or updates, go to http://ambler.temple.edu/about/directory.
(See the Tyler School of Art / Division of Architecture and Environmental Design section of this Bulletin for a listing of administrators in the Departments of Planning and Community Development and Landscape Architecture and Horticulture.)
Vicki L. McGarvey, Vice Provost for University College and Acting Director, Temple University Ambler, Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
Crisbel Baez, Manager of Administration, M.L.A., Temple University
Rachel Berger, Assistant Director, Marketing and Enrollment Services, M.S., Temple University
Rhonda E. Geyer, Director, Office of Non-credit and Continuing Education, B.A., Mansfield University
Melissa Ingster-Walker, Assistant Director, Technical Support Specialist, Financial Aid, M.Ed. Temple University
Saul Katzman, Director of Finance and Operations, B.B.A., Temple University
Kathleen Kelly, Assistant Director-Academic Services
Wanda Lewis-Campbell, Assistant Dean for Student Life, Ed.D., Temple University
Reid Overturf, Manager of Technical Support, Computer Services
Tara E. Stasik, Director of Academic and Student Services, M.Ed., Widener University
Sandra Thompson, Head Librarian, Ambler Campus Library, M.L.S., Drexel University
Janine C. Warnas, Director-Academic Advising, M.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College
Marcia Whitaker, Assistant Director, Scheduling
Brent Whiting, Director Information Systems, Academic Computer Services, B.S., Temple University
Collin Wood, Facilities Manager, B.A., The Pennsylvania State University
(See the Tyler School of Art / Division of Architecture and Environmental Design section of this Bulletin for advising information in the Departments of Planning and Community Development and Landscape Architecture and Horticulture.)
Deidre M. Beiter, Coordinator, Constables' Training Program, B.A., Lake Erie College
Cynthia Belliveau, Coordinator of Adult and Organizational Development, Ph.D., Temple University
Robert Deegan, Director, Temple University Police Academy, A.S., Yuba Community College
Lucille D'Emilio-Wilkinson, Academic Advisor II/ Career Coordinator, M.A., La Salle University
Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Co-Director, Infant and Child Lab, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Baldev S. Lamba, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, M.L.A., University of Pennsylvania
Cheryl Leeser, Academic Advisor II, M.A., Immaculata College
Anthony J. Luongo, Director, Criminal Justice Training Programs, M.A., Temple University
Lynn A. Mandarano, , P.E., Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor , Department of Planning and Community Development; Acting Director, Center for Sustainable Communities; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Jelani Medford, Study Coordinator, Infant and Child Laboratory, B.A., Williams College
Nora Newcombe, Co-Director, Infant and Child Lab, Ph.D., Harvard University
Elvita Quiñones, Associate Director of Advising, Fox School of Business: Academic Services, M.S., Eastern University
Susan E. Spinella Sacks, Assistant Director, Center for Sustainable Communities, M.S., Temple University
Christie Willard, Coordinator, Deputy Sheriffs' Training Program, M.S., West Chester University
Michael Bavas, Senior Technical Support Specialist, Computer Services, M.I.S., Kennedy Western University
Don Baldino, Evening Librarian, M.S.L.S., Drexel University
Dorothy Busillo, Administrative Assistant and Meeting Coordinator, Office of Non-credit and Continuing Education, B.S., Millersville University
Min Chang, Financial Aid Counselor, B.S. Nyack College
Tina Chen, Lab Coordinator, Infant and Child Laboratory, B.A. Grinnell College
Deirdre Clem, Scholarships Coordinator, Financial Aid, B.A., Temple University
Sean Daly, Administrative Specialist, Office of Non-credit and Continuing Education, B.F.A., Temple University
James Duffy, Public Relations and Web Site Coordinator, M.S.Ed., Temple University
Gina Funches, Secretary, Academic and Student Services
Andrea Goldstein, Librarian, M.S.L.S., Drexel University
Siffat Islam, Lab Coordinator, Infant and Child Laboratory, B.A. New York University
Novel Kim, Senior Technical Support Specialist, Academic Computer Services, M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary
Barbara Kirsch, Coordinator of Financial Services, A.A.S., Montgomery County Community College
Sonia Medina, Office Manager, Academic Advising, B.A., Temple University
Paul Myers, Recreation Specialist, M.Ed., East Carolina University
Larry O'Reilly, Manager of Technical Support, Computer Services, Temple University Fort Washington and Center City, B.B.A., Temple University
Karen Pyle, Media Coordinator of Classroom Technology Support, B.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Eric Rivera, Development Associate, B.S., Florida State University
Jacob Schatz, Lab Coordinator, Infant and Child Laboratory, B.A., Princeton University
Shawn Ta, Senior Technical Support Specialist, Instructional Support Center, B.S., Temple University
Michelle Whiting, Administrative Specialist, Finance and Operations