Michelle Armour knows and little something about creating art. She also knows about healing and restoration. For the Tyler School of Art and Architecture and Temple Ambler graduate, Landscape Architecture was the perfect marriage of both, richly combined with science, sustainable and environmental action and working directly with communities to initiate change.
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For Horticulture major Ibrahim Al-Nasser, a member of the Class of 2020, discovering horticulture was a return to a true passion. "It is riveting to be outside, to have your hands in the dirt, your feet in the mud — I lost touch with nature growing up. When I came to Pennsylvania, I strove to get outside and see more natural places, go to more parks, get more involved with tree and see them as living beings; I wanted to care for them," he said.
Darryl Sanford has been part of the Temple University community for most of his adult life, initially as a student in 1983. He completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and shortly after graduation took a “temporary” job with Temple’s Library system. Fast-forward to 2020 and that temporary position has been a full-fledged career dedicated to supporting Temple students, faculty and staff that has spanned more than 30 years.
Working full-time at Lansdale Hospital in the registration department for radiology outpatients, Breianah Raysor-Moore, a member of the Class of 2020, found Temple University Ambler conveniently located, allowing her to strike a balance between work and a combination of in-person and online classes.
Temple University Horticulture major Katie Roberts’ educational career began at Temple Ambler as many other journeys do. It started with a road trip. “I was a business major for one and a half years but I knew early on that simply wasn’t what I was meant to do with my life. I had a professor in Florida who was teaching a horticulture course and I simply fell in love with the program — his passion for the subject inspired me. It wasn’t long before I discovered Temple’s Horticulture program and the Ambler Campus,” said Roberts, 21, who transferred to Temple from Florida Southern College in spring 2018.