Author: Kelsey Beckett

University-Community Partnerships: Strong Neighborhoods

Since my last blog post, there have been some exciting developments regarding partnerships at TU! President Kim Schatzel announced the Baltimore-Towson University (BTU) framework. BTU is a priority that is aimed at elevating the work that we’re already doing with our partners to better address the needs of Greater Baltimore. BTU is focused on five primary impact areas: High-quality and equitable education Strong neighborhoods and sustainable communities Thriving and competitive economy Lifelong health and well-being Vibrant arts and cultural community Since my first posts in this series were about partnerships that are addressing education across Maryland, today we’re going...

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Five Questions About Towson’s M.S. in Instructional Technology

In my last partnerships blog post, I wrote about how TU is contributing to professional development across Maryland. I highlighted three programs that are providing on-going professional development opportunities in a variety of ways. For this post, I wanted to give you a more in-depth look at one of these programs. TU is supporting Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) in the hiring of qualified School Library Media Specialists by providing an M.S. Degree program in the Instructional Technology area. TU is making plans through BCPS recommendations to admit and provide a complete graduate experience for ten qualified teachers in...

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Badolato Homeland Security Speaker Series: America’s Drug Problem

The Edward V. Badolato Homeland Security Speaker Series will hold its next FREE event on Friday, May 6, 1:00–3:00 PM. The event will be held in the College of Liberal Arts Building, Room 4317 and will feature a networking reception and a keynote presentation. “Heroin often sells for less than $5 for a bag containing enough for one dose, making it cheaper than a pack of cigarettes…” —Jenna Johnson and Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, January 2015 This spring’s event will focus on the drug trade in the United States and how that threatens homeland security. Tom Carr, executive director...

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University-Community Partnerships: Professional Development and Training

In the third installment of my on-going series of blog posts (1, 2) about Towson University’s university-community partnerships, I’m going to explore professional development and training. Professional development and training takes many forms at Towson University. It ranges from working with a government agency to providing continuing education and training to area teachers. One thing that all of the programs have in common is that they are meeting Maryland’s needs for citizens who have the skills necessary to advance the state. Below are just a few examples of ways that Towson University is working with the community to provide...

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Five Questions with Moving to Learn

In my last blog post, I wrote about how TU is supporting education across Maryland. I highlighted three partnerships that are advancing education in a variety of ways. For this post, the second in my ongoing partnership series, I wanted to delve deeper into another partnership that is providing education in a unique way by combining the arts with science. Moving to Learn: Growing Up Great with Dance and Environmental Science Moving to Learn: Growing Up Great with Dance and Environmental Science integrates developmentally appropriate dance methodologies with key concepts in pre-K standards in environmental science that improve school...

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University-Community Partnerships: Supporting Education

Welcome to my new blog series all about university-community partnerships and relationships at Towson University! Back in October, I wrote a post about the Community Partnerships and Relationships 2015 Status Report. That report gave a snapshot of the current status of university-community partnerships and relationships at Towson University, including how many there are, where they’re happening, their outcomes, and their impacts. I wanted to build upon this report and take some time to highlight some of our biggest impact areas, as well as a few individual partnerships within each area. This month, I’m focusing on how our university-community partnerships...

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Community Partnerships at Towson University

Towson University is one of the most community-engaged universities in the country and university-community partnerships are an essential part of TU’s identity and mission. As you can see from my past blog posts here, here, here, and here–we’ve been working for a long time to figure out the best way to track, evaluate, and support these partnerships. University-Community Partnerships and Relationships Support System In academic year 2014-2015, we launched a new University-Community Partnerships and Relationships Support System that does just that. This new system, developed by the Partnerships Working Group – which includes 16 members from across the university–provides...

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Building STEPS: Towson University’s Hidden Gem

There’s a gem hiding in the Enrollment Services building on TU’s campus – Building STEPS. Building STEPS, headquartered here on campus, is a non-profit that provides Baltimore City public high school students interested in science and technology with the exposure, support, and safety net to help them get into and graduate from college. Almost all Building STEPS students are low-income and will be the first in their family to earn a college degree. The program provides professional seminars, summer internships, college workshops, and alumni support to its students. Building STEPS has been a partner of TU since 2006 and...

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Responding in a Time of Crisis

Towson University has long emphasized its responsibility to the community through its mission, its strategic plan, and the work of its students, faculty, and staff. In the aftermath of the unrest in Baltimore, these university-community partnerships are more important than ever. Recently, the Governor’s Office and the University System of Maryland requested information from universities in the greater Baltimore area about how they are working in Baltimore City. Luckily for Towson, we are in the midst of collecting information about our university-community partnerships through a new support system that was approved by the Vice Presidents in the spring. You...

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Port Deposit: An “Associate” of TU

Every spring, TU’s College of Business and Economics holds its business case competition, “The Associate.” The competition provides real-world experience for eight graduating seniors. Each week, an area company poses a business case to the candidates, who are split into two teams. The two teams present their findings the following week and a candidate is let go each week until the final boardroom session, when “The Associate” is named. The winner of the competition receives a job offer from the presenting company, which presides over the competition and provides judges. This year’s presenting company is 1st Mariner Bank. Port Deposit, which is a great partner of Towson University, was the first weekly case for this year’s competition. Representatives from the Town, Vicky Rinkerman, Louise Land, and Linda Read, presented their case on February 10. The main objective for the students is to develop marketing ideas for the Town, with particular regard to the Gas House renovation and ecotourism, on a limited budget. The Gas House, if you’ll recall, is being renovated into a visitor’s center, with lab space on the 2nd floor for TU student researchers. On February 17th, the two student teams presented their findings. Both teams, Team Synergy and Team Eminence, are extremely skilled and had great ideas for Port Deposit. These included ideas like redesigning their website, developing their brand image, utilizing social media, and putting...

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