Temple University Ambler welcomes new and returning students for Fall 2017

Students enjoy the Outdoor Festival at Temple University Ambler

When students begin classes for the fall 2017 semester at Temple University Ambler, they will be met with a special celebration!

Temple University Ambler has planned several activities for students to help them start the year off right by meeting new friends, having fun and acclimating to their new environment.

“Week of Welcome — and the first weeks of the semester in general — are a time for the campus to welcome all of the new and returning students,” said Dr. Wanda Lewis-Campbell, Assistant Dean for Student Life at Temple Ambler. “It gives them a period of spirit and fun as they begin their academic year.”

On Monday, August 28 — the first day of classes — and Tuesday, August 29, the commons in front of the Ambler Learning Center will be filled with informative booths featuring the campus student organizations and departments from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday’s Outdoor Festival will also feature vendors, live music, giveaways, games, snacks, Jumbo Jenga and the return of the popular “Money Machine” — $500 (or more) will be available to win each day!

The Office of Student Life will host the “Campus Barbecue” beginning at 12 p.m. on August 28 at the Outdoor Festival to welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus. Refreshments will also be available on August 30.

On Saturday, September 9, students, faculty and staff are invited to take a bus from Temple University and join the excitement at Lincoln Financial Field as the Owls take on Villanova in the home opener! The bus will leave the Ambler Campus Student Parking Lot at 12:30 p.m. on September 9. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to bus departure.

The Office of Student Life and Temple University Athletics will provide a bus to all Owls Football home games, according to Dr. Lewis-Campbell — buses will leave campus three hours prior to the start of each game. September games include Owls vs. UMass on Friday, September 15 (bus departs at 4 p.m.) and Owls vs. Huston on Saturday, September 30 (game time and bus deparrture TBD).

On Saturday, September 23, the Office of Student Life will host Paint, Pool and Party in partnership with the student life office in the Tyler School of Art. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ambler Campus Pool. Open to all students, the event will feature Tyler students guiding their peers in painting techniques, swimming in the campus pool, free food, music and more!

On Monday, September 25, all students are invited to the Ambler Student Government Association’s first meeting of the fall 2017 semester, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Bright Hall Room 106.

“You don’t have to already be a member of a student organization to be part of student government. This is a great opportunity to meet your fellow students and become a part of the campus community,” said Dr. Lewis-Campbell. “If students don’t immediately find an organization that seems like the right ‘fit’ for them, they can always start a new organization! There are also Student Government positions still open for students ready to reach outside their comfort zone, become a student leader and make a difference on campus!”

To stay healthy and centered while tackling the semester, students, faculty and staff are invited to take part in Yoga on the Lawn on Wednesday, September 27. The program will be held at 4 p.m. at the Learning Center Commons — be sure to bring your own mat!

For students who want to expand their leadership potential, Dr. Lewis-Campbell said she will be offering Student Life’s popular “Emerging Leaders” seminar series once again beginning on Wednesday, October 4. Part of Temple University’s Student Leadership Challenge, the Emerging Leaders Seminar provides students the opportunity to explore the five principles of leadership discussed in James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner’s The Leadership Challenge. Students spend six weeks identifying these principles by looking at current leaders in today’s global environment and reflecting on effective leadership of the past and present.

Believe it or not, just as the semester takes off, Temple University Homecoming 2017 is not so far off! Did you know that Temple University Ambler has its own Homecoming king and queen who will represent the campus at the Owls Homecoming game against the UConn Huskies at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, October 14?

Students who would like a chance at becoming Temple Ambler’s Homecoming royalty must have their application in to the Office of Student Life in Bright Hall no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 4. Homecoming king and queen voting will take place on Monday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 10 and the announcement will be made during the campus Homecoming Festival on Wednesday, October 11!

The Office of Student Life will also host a special mental health symposium entitled "Kicking Stigma" on Thursday, October 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Campus Lounge, Bright Hall.

And don’t forget, the Office of Student Life, in cooperation with an Ambler Campus department, sponsors Campus Coffee every week (alternating between Monday and Tuesday) in the Campus Lounge, Bright Hall! Start the morning off right with a steaming cup of coffee and a snack for free! The first Campus Coffee of the semester will be Monday, September 11, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and sponsored by the Ambler Campus Office of the Executive Director.

For more information on Week of Welcome and other Office of Student Life activities and events at Temple University Ambler, contact 267-468-8425 or osl@temple.edu.