Author Archives: Liisa Hyvarinen Temple

About Liisa Hyvarinen Temple

Multimedia journalist & multimedia production instructor at USF since 2002. Former Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow (1999). Winner of Walter Cronkite political reporting award. Proud military wife.

Sarasota troop headed back to Afghanistan needs our help

Sometimes it just amazes me how small the world really is. Right now one of the deployed troops who contacted us for supplies turns out to be practically a neighbor. Not only is he from Sarasota (just about an hour’s … Continue reading

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41 more boxes on their way to Afghanistan

The school year is coming to an end at University of South Florida and with that comes the end of our friend Dr. Kelli Burns‘ PR class at the School of Mass Communications. This class adopted “School Supplies for Afghan … Continue reading

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And then there was candy

Those of you who read this blog regularly and follow our school supplies drive know that we ship school supplies to U.S. troops who request them for their humanitarian missions in Afghanistan. Our list of items that we collect and … Continue reading

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Pine Crest alum-USF student goes extra mile for Afghan kids

Every time I load up my SUV with school supplies and head to the post office to ship them to Afghanistan, I marvel at the process that brings in these supplies and pays for their shipping. We get all the … Continue reading

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Time to prep for next semester

It’s that time of the year again for course renewals and I am happy to say this project will return to the University of South Florida Honors College for the Spring 2012 semester. The course has been upgraded a bit; … Continue reading

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Military Retirement Provides a Few Surprises for an Airman

Military Retirement Provides a Few Surprises for an Airman.

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School supplies arrive to Afghanistan

One of the most rewarding parts of working on this school supplies drive is receiving photos of the children in Afghanistan to whom the US and NATO troops deliver them. Even though the actual USF Honors course “Social Media, Social … Continue reading

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Helmand Province shipment & stories on WUSF

This week the students at our USF Honors College class have been enjoying their well deserved time off on Spring Break. But when they get back we have our work cut out for us – Rex and I have collected … Continue reading

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What fits in a shipping box?

The boxes we use to ship our donated school supplies to Afghanistan are provided for free by the United States Postal Service. They are the large flat rate boxes which measure 12″ x 12″ x 5-1/2″ in size. They currently … Continue reading

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War On Terror News features USF Honors class

  One of the key areas of study in this class is how you harness your social network and your personal contacts to support a cause. We try to teach the students in this class about the true power of … Continue reading

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