Author: Bobbie Laur

Towson University Joins Baltimore Integration Partnership

TU is the first non-city based institution to join the nation’s biggest anchor network and works to sets an example for metropolitan-serving institutions across the country and beyond. Towson University (TU) is, in fact, an anchor institution. It has been serving Greater Baltimore since its founding in 1866 and it is the largest university in the metropolitan area. Its recent acceptance into the Baltimore Integration Partnership (BIP) as the first and only non-city institution in the partnership’s history could not have come at a better time. The acceptance into BIP aligns perfectly with Towson University’s Placemaking and Anchor Strategy...

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Kathleen Crostic Named Partnerships Manager

The Office of Partnerships and Outreach recently welcomed Kathleen Crostic to our team. As partnerships manager, she will work with partners and TU faculty and staff to support and grow existing and new university-community partnerships. With President Schatzel’s new priority around community engagement and partnerships through the BTU Priority and Framework, having Kathleen on board is incredibly important. She will be actively collaborating with departments across campus to move our institution-wide agenda forward. Kathleen comes to us with a seasoned record of creating strong partnerships and relationships with businesses, neighborhoods, non-profits, and community members all with the underlying goal...

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TU Represents at CUMU Annual Conference

What a week! Just yesterday, my team and I returned to campus after spending four days in Washington DC, where we hosted the 2016 Annual Conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU). This is the largest nationwide meeting of leaders from metropolitan universities and colleges. And, this year’s conference was the biggest yet; nearly 350 university representatives, including 25 university presidents, and dozens of community partners converged on our nation’s capital to help chart the future of metropolitan universities. The CUMU / TU Partnership CUMU, the longest-running and largest organization committed to serving and connecting the...

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University-Community Partnerships: Lifelong Health and Well-Being

In a recent blog post, I wrote about BTU, Towson University’s framework for supporting and growing partnerships in Greater Baltimore. One of the five primary impact areas of BTU is addressing community health and well-being across the Greater Baltimore region. As a leader in addressing community health and well-being, we can’t expect our students and citizens to be productive if we do not address the health and well-being of everyone. We believe that supporting family stability through this lens is essential and we are working across the spectrum to provide services from pre-natal to the elderly. Much of the...

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BTU Community Conversation

Towson University is committed to community engagement and to making positive impacts in the Greater Baltimore region. However, we don’t do that work alone. We it do it through university-community partnerships. Earlier this week, we welcomed community partners to campus for BTU Community Conversation. The BTU Community Conversation was a part of the #TUprezschatzel inauguration week of activities. This forum was a chance for community organizations, businesses, schools, healthcare providers, museums, and more to provide feedback and to help lay the foundation for BTU – Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore, President Kim Schatzel’s framework to support and grow...

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TU Professional Leadership Program for Women: 2017 Preview Event

Over two years ago, Towson University created the TU Professional Leadership Program for Women as a way to equip women leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to elevate their careers. Since that time, 38 women have graduated from two classes and the program has become the leading leadership development space in the Baltimore region. On Tuesday, October 4, Towson University and President Kim Schatzel, Ph.D., will host a Preview Event for the 2017 class. This is a great opportunity for prospective candidates and their employers to learn more about TU’s Professional Leadership Program for Women. Program Facilitator Kathleen...

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University-Community Partnerships: A Thriving and Competitive Economy

In a recent blog post, my colleague wrote about the creation of the Baltimore-Towson University (BTU) framework, a priority that is aimed at elevating the work that TU faculty, students, and staff are already doing with our partners to better address the needs of Greater Baltimore. One of the five primary impact areas of BTU is creating a thriving and competitive economy. TU’s faculty and staff work with partners in government and business throughout the region to grow Maryland’s economy and improve the quality of life for its citizens. Below are three examples of the work we are doing...

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#StudentExperience: Cassidy Cregan

We are back with another #StudentExperience blog post, where we highlight the hardworking students who work within the Division of Innovation and Applied Research at Towson University. Cassidy is a senior studying graphic design at Towson University. She has been working as a student graphic design assistant with the Division of Innovation and Applied Research (DIAR) for five semesters. In this role, she creates custom print and web graphics and updates web and email marketing content. Cassidy says that many of the more open ended projects are the most rewarding for her. “When I am given the content and...

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#StudentExperience: Tyler Howard

In this week’s #StudentExperience blog post, we are highlighting Tyler, a first year graduate student studying counseling psychology at Towson University. Since fall 2015, Tyler has worked as a graduate events and communications assistant with the Office of Partnerships and Outreach and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU). In this role, he assists with the planning and management of CUMU’s annual conference, facilitated dialogues, regional seminars, and partnered events. He also assists with newsletter creation, email marketing, and social media. In fall 2015, one of Tyler’s first tasks was to plan CUMU’s Engagement Academy, a professional and...

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2016 Towson University Showcase Preview

For the past nine years, Towson University’s Division of Innovation and Applied Research has partnered with Academic Affairs to host the Towson University Showcase. This event brings together faculty and staff with the greater community to discuss ways in which we can partner to solve challenges facing our region. I like to say that this event is where partnerships start, because this is the best time to meet faculty and staff who are doing fantastic work on our campus and in our communities. I also see this as an event where partnerships grow. Hundreds of area professionals from the...

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