罗素H. 考威尔
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Temple University's history begins in 1884, when a young working man asked Russell H. 康威尔 if he could tutor him at night. A well-known Philadelphia minister of the Grace Baptist Church, 康威尔 quickly said yes. It wasn't long before he was teaching several dozen students—working people who could only attend class at night but had a strong desire to make something of themselves.
康威尔 recruited volunteer faculty to participate in the burgeoning night school started at the church basement, and in 1888 he received a charter of incorporation for “The Temple College.” His founding vision for the school was to provide superior educational opportunities for academically talented and highly motivated students, regardless of their backgrounds or means.

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“Greatness really consists in doing some great deed with little means.”

 ——罗素H. 康威尔

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康威尔’s quote from “英亩的钻石” speech.

英亩的钻石

英亩的钻石" is Russell 康威尔's best-known speech, and the inspiration behind the Temple University mission.

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The fledgling college continued to grow and adding programs and students throughout the following decades. It was renamed to "Temple University" in 1907. In 1965, it was officially accredited by The Commonwealth System of Higher Education as a State-related university in the higher education system of the Commonwealth. 今天, 坦普尔已经超过35岁了,000 students continue to follow the university's official motto—Perseverantia Vincit, or “Perseverance Conquers”—with their supreme dedication to excellence in academics, 研究, 体育运动, 艺术等等.