Planning & Community Development

February 1, 2017

Community Development Student a Member of the First Temple Student Parliament

Author: Tracy Purdy

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.” These words spoken by Franklin Roosevelt were the call to serve on the first ever Temple University last November, a call which Jacob Kurtz (CDEV ’20) answered. Jacob’s first class in the major, Introduction to Community Development, cemented his love for it. Of the experience, he said, “Dr. Doshna gave an incredible and in-depth look at all aspects of development and where we, the practitioners, do our work. I was hooked to say the least. No other major, I think, is as singularly focused on how you can positively impact the lives of those around you. It is because of this class that I decided to run for Parliament.” Read More

December 12, 2016

Randall Rook (City Planning MS) Awarded Fellowship

Author: Tracy Purdy

Randall Rook (MSCRP '16) recently was awarded a Wagner Free Institute of Science Humanities & Arts Research Fellowship. The Wagner Free Institute of Science at 17th and Montgomery Avenue is a Victorian-era National Historic Landmark museum and educational institution, with free public education courses on science, now in their 160th year. The Temple University - Wagner Free Institute of Science Humanities & Arts Research Alliance is intended to stimulate opportunities for faculty and graduate students in the humanities and the arts at Temple to work with the institute. This will  establish a research alliance between the University and the intitute and the hope is that these fellowships expand into continuing research and an ongoing research alliance. Read More

November 10, 2016

City and Regional Planning studio projects win awards from the American Planning Association PA Chapter

Author: Tracy Purdy

Students in the MS City and Regional Planning spring 2016 studio were recipients of this year’s first and second place American Planning Association PA Southeast Section John Pickett Student Scholarship Award. The event was held this year in Conshohocken, where several presenters shared projects from around the area, after which the students were presented with their awards, which included a cash award for the top three papers. Temple MS CTRP graduates Michelle Atherton, Leonard Bonarek, Corey Brown, Michelle Goddard, and Ted Mullen were all in attendance. Mark Huber was not able to attend. Several Temple alumni also were in attendance at the event, many of whom now work in the Philadelphia area. The papers, entitled “Community Engagement North of Lehigh, Kensington” and “Division Street Revitalization” won the First and Second Place Award for a Group Paper, respectively.  Read More

October 5, 2016

Community Based Organization class tour with APM

Author: Tracy Purdy

In September, Dr. Jeff Doshna took his Community Based Organizations class to visit Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), a Latino-based health, human services, community and economic development non-profit, located just east of Temple Main campus. The tour was led by APM employee Bradley Vassallo (CDEV ’16). The students were quite impressed with APM's broad scope of work . Read More

July 28, 2016

From Class Project to President of the Board

Author: Anonymous

Tracy Purdy (CDEV ‘17/CTRP ’18) feels like the last 11 months have been a blur. As part of a project for Professor Jeff Doshna’s Community Based Organizations course in the Fall of 2015, students were instructed to write an in-depth profile of an organization doing community development work and write a strategic plan for the organization. The project involved interviewing employees, board members, and community stake-holders to learn as much as possible about the organization. “In interviewing the people involved in Mosaic Community Land Trust in Pottstown, I quickly realized that I cared deeply about the same issues the CLT is working on, namely affordable, sustainable housing, community gardening, and raising awareness of the arts and culture events in a city I love. I knew I wanted to get involved, so I became a member!” Read More

June 16, 2016

Community Development Student Recieves 2016 Emerging City Champions Fellowship

Author: Tracy Purdy

Knight Foundation and 8 80 Cities have selected 20 civic innovators to participate in the 2016 Emerging City Champions fellowship program. The participants will receive $5,000 to implement one project in one year that will improve mobility, public spaces or civic engagement in their home cities. Bradley Vassallo (CDEV ’16) is the recipient of one of these fellowships. His project idea?  PUMP (Pop-Up Market Place): Using shipping containers as venues to sell products and services from aspiring entrepreneurs. Brad came to Temple with a specific goal — “to have a tangible effect on communities.” Read More

May 25, 2016

New Associate Planner for Upper Merion Township

Author: Tracy Purdy

Kyle Brown (MCRP ’16) has been hired as an Associate Planner for Upper Merion Township in Montgomery County. He will be doing subdivision and land development review as well as community comprehensive planning and some policy support. “King of Prussia is one of the largest employment centers outside the city, so it's really cool to be able to have some sort of positive impact on that scale. I'm really excited to help Upper Merion become a better place to live, work, and visit, and there are some big projects coming to the community that have an opportunity to be a big step forward for the quality of life and sustainability of the community. Read More

May 12, 2016

Planning Alumni Forum held in Center City

Author: Tracy Purdy

On Apri 7th, the Temple Student Planning Organization held its second annual Planning Alumni Forum. Three MS City and Regional Planning alumni spoke about their careers in planning, including: Brandon Vaughn of the Mayors Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, Jonathan Tehrani of South Kensignton Community Partners, and Christopher Dougherty of the Fairmount Park Conservancy. Joining the alumni at the forum was current student Ashley Nuckles of the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association.  Ashley graduated with a BS Community Development in 2015 and currently in the graudate program through the 4+1 option. These alumni provided excellent advice on many aspects of the planning and community development job fields. They also gave advice on the powwer of networking and maintaining professional relationships, nailing an interview, and how to best convey the skills and knowledge gained through the City and Regional Planning graduate program. Read More

April 25, 2016

Coming to Community Development

Author: Tracy Purdy

This summer, Peter Bartholomew (CDEV, 2017) will be interning at the Philadelphia Land Bank.  He started out at Temple as a music major and switched to Community Development because he has seen community development first hand all his life. “My mom is an activist and works for Pittsburg’s Department of Human services. She encouraged me and my sister to be active in advocacy.  I have been involved namely through the ALS Association, the Student Conservation Association, Amnesty International, and the Heinz Endowment’s Breath Project.” Read More

April 21, 2016

Annual Academic Award Recipients

Author: Lynn Mandarano

At the Annual Academic Awards ceremony on April 20, 2016 graduate and undergraduate students received recognition.  Join the faculty in congratulating this year's award winners. Academic Excellence Award Michelle Atherton (MCRP'16) Leonard Bonarek (MCRP'16) Michelle Goddard (MCRP'16) Jonathan Mark Huber (MCRP'16) Outstanding Service Award Ted Mullen (MCRP'16) AICP Outsond Student Award Jonathan Mark Huber (MCRP'16) Alumni Association Award Bradley Vassallo (BSCDEV'16) Read More


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