The College of Public Health celebrated the grand opening of its new clinical education spaces on October 3, with over 250 people joining us to mark this transformational step forward for the college.
The Aramark STAR Complex features state-of-the-art classrooms and training facilities that are home to the college’s top-ranked physical therapy and occupational therapy programs, and provides classroom space for the college’s other clinical programs, including recreation therapy, nursing and kinesiology.
New facilities in Pearson and McGonigle Halls include cutting-edge clinical education space for the athletic training programs. They also feature expanded anatomy and physiology labs that improve the educational experience for the more than 3,500 students from across the university who take these courses each year.
Faculty and students from the college’s clinical disciplines hosted tours of the new spaces, and demonstrated the kinds of training activities that they conduct in class—ranging from shoulder ultrasound (in physical therapy) to conducting simulated concussion assessment (in athletic training).
Members of Temple University’s leadership attended the event, and Provost JoAnne Epps gave remarks. “I join you in the excitement of a new facility that will enhance teaching and learning for years to come,” she said. “I also want us to remember that there are other treasures in this building: the faculty, students and staff who are the heart of this college.”
College of Public Health Dean Laura Siminoff discussed the transformation that the new clinical training spaces represent for the college. “This building gives our community a place to gather, collaborate and identify as the College of Public Health,” she said. “It speaks to the importance of having a unique physical space on campus dedicated to our academic disciplines, and it marks the beginning of a new era for the College of Public Health.”