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The voter registration deadline for the upcoming general election is Tuesday, October 9. Every voter, regardless of party affiliation, is eligible to cast a ballot in the general election, which includes races for: GovernorLt. GovernorU.S. Senate, U.S. House, PA Senate, and PA House.

Is your “official address” in another state and you don’t want to register in Philadephia? You can access online registration for any state though Tyler’s Rock the Vote account. And you can check to see if you’re registered here.

  • Eligible voters may register in person, by mail, or online.
  • Seventy strongly recommends registering online (available in English and Spanish).
  • Visit for information about registering by mail or in person.
  • Pew estimates 1 in 8 voter registrations is outdated! Not sure if your registration is up-to-date? Check online to see if your registration is current and to make sure you have a successful voting experience.
  • All voters must be U.S. citizens, be at least 18 years old on Election Day, and have been a resident of Pennsylvania for at least 30 days before the election.
  • Individuals in jail or with criminal convictions can vote unless they are currently serving a felony sentence. For more information, download the Department of State’s Guide.
  • For more information about the voter registration process, visit Both resources are available in English and Spanish.

Stay informed with our 2018 Voter Guide and please share this email with three friends to help get every eligible voter registered!

The Committee of Seventy is an independent, non-partisan advocate for better government in Philadelphia that works to achieve clean and effective government, better elections and informed and engaged citizens. 

Temple’s Pro-Ranger Program Accepting Applications

Temple University and the National Park Service are again recruiting for the ProRanger Program. Through this program, graduates are eligible for non-competitive hiring status for a federal position with the National Park Service.  As we all know, there are no guarantees in life, but this program boasts a 100% placement rate for students who successfully complete the program

Students spend their summers in paid internships at national parks across the U.S. from Virgin Islands National Park in St. John to Yosemite National Park in California. Temple students intern in battlefields like Gettsyburg and Antietam; in urban centers like Santa Monica, Boston, and Philadelphia; and on seashores and rivers like Fire Island National Seashore, Buffalo National River and Ozark Scenic Riverways. With over 400 units managed by the NPS, there is a park for everyone!  You can read about their adventures and view some pretty incredible pictures on their blog:

Who would make a great ranger?  Who is eligible for the program?

Diversity represents the practice of actively incorporating people of different backgrounds, perspectives, thoughts and beliefs throughout the organization to ensure that NPS is advantaged by the best thinking possible. Diversity represents the wide range of visible and invisible differences and similarities that make each of us unique.”  (NPS Office of Relevancy, Diversity and Inclusion)

National parks serve visitors of all backgrounds and nationalities. This program seeks to support the NPS mission serving those populations by continuing to diversify their law enforcement staff and to increase the number of students who speak multiple languages.

This program is open to students of any major!  The majority of students in the program have been from Criminal Justice, Geography and Urban Studies, History and Environmental Studies; there have also been ProRangers from Engineering, Nursing, Horticulture, Anthropology, Business, Political Science, Chemistry, Social Work and other majors.

How do Temple students get this great opportunity?   

The National Park Service has an exclusive partnership program with Temple University that offers students paid summer internships and eligibility for non-competitive hiring as a protection ranger after graduation and completion of program requirements.  Rangers’ duties include detection, investigation and apprehension of persons responsible for criminal activity as well as protecting parks’ natural and cultural resources, educating the public and providing public safety services.  You can learn more about the ProRanger Program at

The program boasts a 100% job placement rate for students who have successfully completed the program.

Applications will be accepted through September 27, 2018.   We will be holding information sessions held during September.  Detailed information will be available at

Please contact NPS program manager Adrian Fernandez if you have any questions about the program.

Volunteer for the Alliance of Artist Communities Conference!

The Alliance of Artists Communities is hosting the 2018 Emerging Program Institute + Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA! This year, the Institute runs from October 13-15 and the Conference takes place October 15- 18. Check out the schedule and learn more at:

Volunteers are a key part of the conference! We’re looking for assistance with these exciting convenings. Each shift is between 4-5 hours and a light meal is provided during most shifts. We think it could be fun for students at Tyler since other artists and arts administrators will be attending the conference, plus they can attend one session either before or after if they’re interested!

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form and submit to Hernan Jourdan by Friday 9/21/18. Let us know if you have any questions – and thank you!

Image credit: Leroy JohnsonMarket-Frankford El (2012)

Passport Day 2018 

Thinking about studying abroad? You’re going to need a passport! On Thursday, November 15, 2018 during International Education Week, passport agents from the Philadelphia Passport Agency will be on campus from 1pm-4pm to process passport applications for first-time U.S. passport applicants or students who were under 16 years of age when they received their first passport.

NOTE: Always check the passport deadline for your program to make sure you’ll receive your passport in time. Visit our Passports and Visas page for more information.

Schedule your appointment in advance

Space is limited and appointments are required. RSVP to reserve your spot.

NOTE: if all of the spots are full, you can add your name to the waiting list, and we will contact you if there are any cancelations.

Bring required documents

You will be required to bring the following documents with you to your appointment. If any of the necessary documents are missing or incomplete you will be unable to apply. For full details about the documents to apply for your passport, please read the information on the State Department website.

Completed Passport application form

Evidence of US citizenship (the original version of one of the following)

  • Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Certificate of Naturalization/Citizenship

Verification of your identity (one of the following)

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Current Government ID (city, state or federal)
  • Current Military ID
  • Certificate of Naturalization

A photocopy of the front and back of the identity card(s)/document(s) that you will present when you apply

A photocopy of your birth certificate (in addition to the certified birth certificate you will present when you apply)

One passport sized (2 x 2 inches or 51 x 51 mm), color photo

  • Photos can be obtained from the Diamond Dollars office or most chain pharmacies (CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, etc.)
  • Learn more about acceptable photos on the State Department website

Passport & execution fee (check or money order) in the amount of $135 made payable to “Department of State.” Payment by credit card will also be available.

Please report to 200 Tuttleman Learning Center prior to your scheduled appointment time. Late arrivals may be turned away and unable to apply.

Passport Scholarship

The program provides scholarships of up to $145.00, an amount intended to equal the application cost for a United States Passport, to all first-year and transfer students who intend to study abroad and are applying for a passport for the first time.

Calling All Students: Service Project Ideas!

I’ve received a number of service project requests in the last week. I’m posting them here in hopes that you, or maybe groups of you–student organizations?–looking to give back to the community. Some of these might take one evening or a Saturday, some might just take cleaning out your studio.

Jacoby Book Bank for Philadelphia READS, located at Martin Luther King High School, is looking to have their hallway lockers painted with book spines on them like in this picture. They also have some plain white walls that needs a mural. If you can help out this reading program, contact Anne at 215-858-7937 or

Temple nursing students work with local senior centers every semester to interact, educate, and learn with the seniors in the surrounding community. One of the groups, working with North City Congress, is planning a “Painting with a Blend”. “Similar to the popular, “Painting with a Twist” but our drink of choice will be smoothies as a way to educate the seniors on mental health and nutrition in a fun and interactive way. We chose painting as a creative way to start the discussion of mental health; painting can be an outlet for stress relief, help boost one’s memory and enhance motor skills (useful to anyone of age especially the elder population).” They are searching for an individual who would know how to run a painting class or donations of supplies such as brushes, paints, smocks, etc. Anything will help. If you can help out with either, contact Haleigh Bohn:

Education Law Center, a non-profit legal advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure access to a quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania, Is hosting a fundraising event at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia on September 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm. The fundraiser will include a silent auction and we are hoping students at your school will donate a piece of artwork to feature in our auction. ELC will prominently recognize the artist and his/her generous donation during the event. We expect over 300 attendees to join us, including policy makers, community leaders, business executives, attorneys, advocates, parents, and students. The event is an opportunity to celebrate this year’s Education Champions, showcase our work, and highlight the generosity and dedication of our many partners. If you can donate work or want more information, see the info packet, including a donation form, here.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding research for a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D). On Sunday, October 28th, JDRF will host our annual JDRF One Walk in South Jersey at Camden County College in Blackwood. They are looking for Caricature Artists that would be willing to donate their talents and time and draw caricatures for the kids during our VIP Party.  As a thank you to their Top Fundraisers, they host a VIP Party the day of the walk from 10am-12pm. In return, you would receive recognition as a VIP in-kind sponsor on walk day and in communications sent to our entire database leading up to the event and on Social Media. You are welcome to provide business cards or flyers during the party if you would like to promote your services. JDRF is happy to provide a letter of recommendation or letter for Community Service following event. You can learn more at If you can participate, contact Renee Sonsinin-Bersani at or 856.470.2484.

Temple’s Student Center received a grant from Dennis Alter (for whom Fox’s Alter Hall was named) to purchase a number of new artworks–some from Tyler alums! The art has now all been purchased and hung, and there will be a celebratory Art Opening reception will now be on Tuesday, October 9 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. in the Student Center North Lounge. They are looking for 4-5 students to serve as docent/tour guides for this event to work from 4-7 pm. You would meet with Jason Levy, Student Center Director, to for an orientation learn about the art on either October 5th or 8th  (depending on when everyone can meet) so you can talk about it to others. This is a great way to learn about the art and practice your skills in talking about art to others! If you can volunteer, contact Jason at

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is looking for volunteers to participate in Bury Our Weapons, Not Our Bodies! a public performance as part of a landmark solo exhibition featuring the work of international artist Yael Bartana. As the title suggests, the performance will take the form of a public funeral. Yet, rather than a memorial to the dead, this performance serves as a monument for the living, aiming to make visible the weapons (both literal and symbolic) that perpetuate systems of violence and displacement in the world today. The performance will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Independence National Historical Park. The procession will take place outside. Ideally, procession participants are available for both the final performance on Saturday, September 22, and a dress rehearsal on Friday, September 21. JOIN US! We welcome individuals, collectives, and organizations with an interest in the subjects of this performance to join us in the public procession. To participate, or for more information on how to get involved, please e-mail with the subject line “Participant for Public Performance”. No phone calls, please. For additional information, click here.

CARAS Grants Available

Close’s project was chosen to receive the CARAS grant, which will allowed her to spend the spring 2014 semester photographing the Susquehanna River for her thesis project. | Courtesy HANNAH CLOSE

It’s time once again to apply for Temple’s CARAS Grant Program. The Creative Arts, Research And Scholarship (CARAS) Program makes two types of grants:  Research/Creative Project Grants and Travel Grants.  Research/Creative Project Grants provide undergraduate students grants of up to $4,000 in support of scholarly, research or creative arts projects undertaken with the supervision of a Temple faculty mentor.  Travel Grants provide funding support for undergraduate travel to conferences to present original research or creative work.  The maximum Project Grant award is $4,000; maximum Travel Grant award is $1,000. Requests may be modified based on an assessment of the budget proposal and/or the availability of resources.

Tyler students have used these grants for creative projects in the past. For instance, click here to read about Hannah Close’s 2014 project (Hannah’s picture is above).

Are You Registered to Vote?


This week, Tyler Student Representatives from NextGen America will be in the Tyler lobby to register students to vote. This is a non-partisan voter registration drive run by students for students, and NextGen will help get you registered if you’ve moved recently. Stop by their table on

  • Tuesday, September 11, 1-2:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 13, 11 am – 2 pm

Watch for an absentee voter application drive later this month!

It’s your future! Vote!

Field Trip to RockLititz

We’re going to try a different kind of trip this semester, and Tyler+Temple’s Career Center has planned a very special career exploration trip for you.

We’re going to RockLititz!

Rock Lititz is a one-of-a-kind production community that supports innovative creativity within the live event industry. With resources ranging from design, engineering and manufacturing through rehearsals, and beyond, Rock Lititz is a one-stop-shop to build any show. Lititz, PA, is about 6 miles north of Lancaster. Touring musicians (like Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga) use RockLititz to develop, rehearse and perfect their touring shows before they take them on the road. Consequently, there are a number of small, independent businesses that hire highly creative people located on the campus to help support the tours. You can explore the businesses here.

We’ll be leaving at 12:30 pm on Friday, October 5 from 13th & Diamond Streets and arriving at RockLititz about 2:30. We’ll have a tour of the campus, and a panel discussion from several of the business on the campus who will talk about what they do for the musicians, and how they got such an awesome job. There will be time for some informal networking where you can find out how you can get a similar awesome job. At 5 or 5:30, we’ll head to Lancaster to attend their First Friday Art Walk in the downtown gallery district. At 7:30 we’ll head back to Tyler, arriving around 9:30 or 10 pm.

Who should come? People interested in being (or explore being)

  • Set Designers
  • Sound Designers
  • Creative Fabricators
  • Soft-good Designers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Pyrotechnicians
  • 3D Renderers/Technical Designers
  • Animators
  • VR Designers
  • Video Artists/videographers
  • Event Designers
  • Project Managers
  • Set and Stage Architects
  • Environmental Designers
  • Musicians
  • …and more!

Registration opens at 9 am on Monday, September 24. Register here. Attendance is limited to the capacity of the bus. You must be logged into TUMail to register and you can only register once. If you try to register a friend, you’ll overwrite your registration, so have your friend register themselves. This trip is open to ALL Temple students, but only Temple students may register. You must be back at the Ware Center in Lancaster to board the bus at 7:30 pm; otherwise, you will be left behind.

If you need a wheelchair accessible bus, please register, then email Kari no later than 4 pm on Friday, September 28 so I can order an accessible bus.

We’re going to Washington DC!

The first field trip of the semester will be going to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC on Saturday, September 22. The bus is free, and the National Gallery and many of the local museums are also free.

The bus will leave from 13th & Diamond Streets at 9 am on Saturday, September 22. The bus leaves from the National Gallery at 4:30 and returns sometime around 7:30 pm, depending on traffic. Here are some ideas of places you can go in the area

Further away, but walking distance

Note: The National Museum of African American history is open and on the mall but requires timed passes. There are no passes left available in 2018. Yeah, all of 2018.

See all exhibits at museums on the National Mall that will be up on that day.

Registration opens at 9 am on Monday, September 10. Register here. You must be logged into TUMail to register and you can only register once. If you try to register a friend, you’ll overwrite your registration, so have your friend register themselves. This trip is open to ALL Temple students, but only Temple students may register. You are not required to go to any particular museum/location, but you must be back at the National Gallery to board the bus at 4:30 pm; otherwise, you will be left behind.

If you need a wheelchair accessible bus, please register, then email me no later than 4 pm on Friday, September 14 so I can order an accessible bus.

Art Market Needs Your Help!

The 7th annual Art Market at Tyler is a nonprofit art and craft fair designed to support the regional arts community by providing artists, artist collectives, students and businesses who serve artists a venue for sale of work, self-promotion and networking. In order to make this event work, we need student volunteers to help artists move in and out, to support artists (lunch and breaks, messages) to sit at the information tables and other stuff. If you’re available for one of these shifts, please fill out this volunteer form, and someone will contact you! Help show off Tyler to the world, and help the Alumni Association run this great event! (Hint: profits from this show help fund their programming, including awarding scholarships and awards to students!)

All volunteer shifts are on Friday, October 19:

  • 8-10 am
  • 10 am – noon
  • 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • 2:30 – 5 pm
  • 4:30 – 8 pm
  • 5:30 – 8:30 pm
  • 8-10 pm