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Families Make CST a Tradition
CST’s 2022 Graduation ceremony, and the recent CST Convocation gathering, epitomize the spirit of Temple University. One of the largest CST graduations ever, the early May event was held in the university’s largest gathering space, The Liacouras Center. Notably, it was inspiring to see so many of our students and their families celebrate this important milestone, in-person. Our speakers, from materials science pioneer Sir Anthony K. Cheetham, FRS to the impressive Guercie Guerrier, CST ’22, were optimistic as they spoke of the challenges facing our world.
In August, we welcomed the Class of 2026 at our Convocation. With a modest increase over last year’s incoming class—amid challenging times for higher education enrollments— CST’s newest students are engaged, eager to take advantage of opportunities and willing to put in the effort to succeed.
Those qualities are what define our college, its students, faculty and graduates. In Outlook’s feature story, you can read about just a few of the many families who have more than one CST graduate amongst them. From sibling to sibling and parent to child, these families recognize the value of a Temple degree and a CST education. They are thriving in their careers and in their lives.
In the News section, you can learn more about our faculty research efforts, from investigating how proteins repair DNA and developing quantum computers to how desert landscapes will be altered by climate change. Beyond the lab, the STARS Computing Corps, headquartered at Temple and CST, earned a $3M National Science Foundation grant to make the study of computing more diverse and equitable.
In the Alumni section, there is a message from new Alumni Board president Mike Remaker, CST ’06. I want to take this opportunity to thank the previous president, Mark Dash, CST ’84, and all current Board members, for the many efforts to keep alumni engaged with today’s students. Special thanks also to CST’s Board of Visitors who help steer our college toward success. We also profile this year’s 30 Under 30 honorees—impressive CST graduates making an impact in their fields—and several graduates from the Class of 2022.
To those of you who support our students, our faculty and their research, thank you for your confidence in our college. To the entire CST family, I wish you the very best in the year ahead.
Michael L. Klein, FRS
Dean and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Science
Outlook’s cover story features four families deeply connected to Temple University and the College of Science and Technology. Sibling to sibling, generation to generation, these families — and many more — have made our college an integral part of their lives. Using their CST education and experiences, they’ve built successful careers, meaningful lives and stronger communities.
CST’s nearly 20,000 graduates, as well as our faculty and staff, are a special group: committed to discovery and hopeful for the future. For incoming students CST is their ‘home away from home,’ a family they can turn to for support and inspiration.
CST families also face new challenges. Students and their families worry about college debt, living expenses and planning for the future. That’s why it is so critical for CST to build the financial resources that support undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships. Scholarships and fellowships attract top students and reward hard work and perseverance.
Gifts toward faculty research, the Owl to Owl Mentoring Program, Undergraduate Research Program and other academic and professional development areas help ensure students received a superior education in the sciences. That provides families with confidence that their investment in Temple will pay dividends far into the future.
Your generosity has helped CST move forward in advanced research, education and community impact. We’ve been able to offer new majors, build advising and professional development capacity and support our internationally renowned faculty. Thank you for your ongoing support.
I encourage you to learn more about our college at cst.temple.edu and by following us on social media and in our monthly email newsletter. You can also contact me directly at 215.204.4704 or kathleen.mcgady@temple. edu to learn more about how you can play a larger role in our remarkable CST family.
Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs
When people ask me, “How did you figure out what you wanted to do?” my response is always the same: “I thought I was going to do one thing, but Temple showed me that I wanted to do something else. It changed my life.”
When we talk about the college experience, it’s more than just the academics. It’s about the people we meet, the professors from whom we learn and the memories we have from shared experiences. The passion and drive to do what I do is moored in my experience at Temple and how individuals helped me to discover what I really wanted to do in my career.
The CST Alumni Board is a group of alumni and students with a passion to excel in their personal and academic or professional lives. The Board’s mission is to empower CST students with the tools, knowledge and experience to help shape their futures and create lasting connections with fellow Owls. We do this through our scholarships and our Owl to Owl Mentor Program. Go to cst.temple.edu/o2o to learn more; we are always looking for mentors and students who want to tap into our vast network of Temple Owls!
Together, Owls can change the world through collective passion and purpose. I challenge you to make a difference in any way that you can.
Michael Remaker, CST '06
CST Alumni Board President