Author: Kathleen Crostic

Helping Children Better Understand Healthcare

As a current employee of Towson University and a 2006 graduate, I’m lucky to be an alum that gets to see, first hand, the growth and changes that take place at TU. I’m still adjusting to the entire side of campus called West Village, which, when I was here, was simply a parking lot. And now, a brand new science building is being constructed next to Stephens Hall. Physical changes and new buildings, however, are just one way that TU has grown. As I’ve mentioned in many of my previous posts, one change over the past two years has...

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Towson Theatre Infusion: Setting the Stage for Partnership Success

Through BTU: Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore, Towson University faculty, students, and staff are working with 300+ organizations across Maryland to address community needs. This work is having an impact. To create event greater potential impact, one of the goals of BTU is to create a support system to scale, sustain, and align existing Towson University partnerships and collaborations. Beginning in spring 2018, TU will launch an official application process for BTU Project Support to support efforts in the following areas: BTU Priority Investments BTU Emerging Idea Support BTU Gap Funding National Visibility Support BTU Enrichment Support I...

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Race and the Wealth Divide in Baltimore City: A Community Dialogue

One of Towson University’s commitments through BTU: Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore is to extend accessibility to and increase involvement of community members and partners in supporting partnerships at TU. In addition to serving as the “front door” to current and potential partners, we also want to make sure that community partners are included and aware of events and opportunities that may be of interest to them. That being said, I am excited to share an opportunity with you. On Monday, November 13, 2017 TU will host a community dialogue about the intersection of race and wealth in...

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Who’s Who in BTU?

Whenever I describe BTU, I always try to point out that the idea and implementation of partnership work at TU is not new. However, while that work is not new, and although there have been previous groups that supported these efforts, the university-wide approach and increased level of support for partnership work at TU is new. In 2016, President Schatzel announced BTU: Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore as one of her eight presidential priorities. Since then, many TU faculty, staff, and students have been working to build a framework to capture and support the work taking place between...

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Battle for Greater Baltimore Football Game Returns to Campus

After not playing each other for six years, Towson University and Morgan State have officially announced the revival of The Battle for Greater Baltimore, which will include annual games between the two Division I football teams over the next four years. The Battle will kick off (pun intended!) on Saturday, September 2, at 6:00 p.m. at Towson University. TU and Morgan State played nearly every season from 1979 through 2011, and we are excited to see this historical series return. At a recent press conference, Towson University athletic director Tim Leonard said, “We are excited to renew the rivalry...

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Summer To-Do List: Help Populate BTU Database

When finding out that I work for a university, people often think that means I have off for summer break. However, while students leave campus for the season, the work of faculty and staff continues. One major item on my summer to-do list in particular, is completing an annual review of all of the external partnerships that are part of BTU—Partnerships at Work For Greater Baltimore. We are very excited that, for the first time this year, we are able to do this through the BTU Database, which we have been populating with partnership information over the past several...

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Marlene Riley Recognized for Work with Older Adults

While many of Towson University’s faculty and staff are hard at work building and maintaining ongoing relationships with external partners, I would like to highlight one in particular—Marlene Riley, who was recently recognized by the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) for her work with their senior centers. Marlene, Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Graduate Faculty in TU’s Department of Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science, has been working with BCDA since 2006. Most recently, Marlene collaborated with BCDA on their Reimagine Aging initiative, which aims to challenge the stereotypes of getting older. Through this effort, graduate occupational therapy students...

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BTU Showcase: High-Quality and Equitable Education

As we wrap up preparations for the upcoming BTU Showcase, I am am wrapping up the last of my blog posts highlighting the five impact areas that are helping to define and drive university-community partnerships at Towson University. For over 150 years, Towson University has been Maryland’s largest provider of teachers. It should come as no surprise that a large number of projects and centers focused on education will be presenting their work at the BTU Showcase on Monday, April 24, 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. If you have not yet registered to attend and are interested in connecting with TU...

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BTU Showcase: Thriving and Competitive Economy

April is here, which means we are only weeks away from the 10th Annual BTU Showcase, a free event for anyone—businesses, non-profits, community groups, government agencies—looking to connect with TU faculty, researchers, and administrators to expand existing collaborative projects or to identify new opportunities. As noted in previous blog posts, I am featuring some of the great projects and centers that will be represented at this year’s event, with each post focusing on one of the five BTU impact areas: High-Quality and equitable education Lifelong health and well-being Strong neighborhoods and sustainable communities Thriving and competitive economy Vibrant arts and...

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BTU Showcase: Strong Neighborhoods and Sustainable Communities

We are less than one month out to the 10th Annual BTU Showcase and I am excited to continue to share the extensive list of projects and centers that will be featured at this year’s event. With nearly 50 exhibitors in total, if you’re interested in initiating or growing your collaborative work with Towson University, the BTU Showcase is the best place to start. As we countdown, I will continue to feature some of the great projects and centers that will be represented at this year’s event, with each post focusing on one of the five BTU impact areas: High-Quality...

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