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Guest Post: Towson University Receives Silver Seal for Excellence in Student Volunteer Engagement

Higher education has a fundamental purpose to prepare young adults for “concerned and involved citizenship in a democracy”1 At the first-ever ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony, held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Towson University received a silver seal for achieving a student rate between 60% and 69%. “Towson University is honored to receive this national recognition for our efforts to increase voter engagement. TU has long been committed to increasing voter registration and voter education and has worked across campus to make this happen. The collaborations between the Office of Civic Engagement & Social Responsibility along with the...

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Guest Post: Leaving a Lasting Legacy at Osher

If you have attended a Preview at TU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, you may have sampled some pastries or other sweets that have been carefully arranged on platters by the members of the Social Committee. While you were taking a piece of rugalach or a mini éclair, you might have noticed a sign on the table that says, “Refreshments sponsored by the Patty Beere Ruby Memorial Program”, but you may not know much about Patty. About Patty Beere Ruby As some of our Osher members may know, Patty Beere Ruby, or Patty as I knew her, was my step-mom....

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Guest Post: Free Blacks and Slaves on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

When I retired many years ago after 31 years of teaching, I really thought that I had taught my last class. But, this past semester, I found myself once again in the front of a classroom—this time teaching a course at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University. The “Back Story” That surprising turn of events happened because I read an article in Smithsonian magazine entitled “Slavery’s Trail of Tears.” I majored in U.S. History in college. And, I know about the original “trail of tears” when the federal government forcibly removed Indians from the southeast to reservations beyond...

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An Intern’s Perspective: Working with the Maryland Port Administration

This post was written by Newsha Amirihormozaki, a graduate student supporting development and enhancement of web applications at the Center for GIS. She is currently pursuing an M.S. in Applied Information Technology at Towson University. As an AIT (Applied Information Technology) graduate student working at the Towson University Center for GIS (CGIS), I had the opportunity to help with the development of an engineering document search tool for the Maryland Port Administration (MPA). MPA has an archive of drawing sets associated with completed construction projects at their various Baltimore-area terminals. These hard copy and digital (.pdf) drawings contain information...

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My Internship Experience: Mackenzie Rice

This guest post was written by Mackenzie Rice, a junior studying political science and economics at Towson University. She is a member of the Women’s Golf team and interns with the Regional Economic Studies Institute. Many athletes that play Division 1 golf in college are striving to turn professional after their four years of studying and eligibility are over. However, I never saw professional golf in my future. I never wanted to put the pressure of making a pay check on the line, in case it would cause me to fall out of love for the game. As a...

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Guest Post: Back-to-School Shopping: The Economic Impact

Early Wake-Ups, Sad Children, and School Shopping! It’s that time of year again! Summer has officially ended and everyone will be affected. Students have to wake up early to not miss a school bus. Students are unhappy that they will have daily or weekly homework. Parents have to wake up early to ensure their children do not miss a school bus or to take them to school. Parents have to fight through increased traffic to get to work on-time. Besides the frustrations of the back-to-school season, the effects on the economy are rewarding. Back-to-School Boosts the Economy Beginning in...

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On the Money: Putting a Woman on the New $10 Bill

Paper currency (or, if we’re getting technical, cotton and linen currency) is an undeniable part of our day-to-day economic and financial existence, regardless of how often we may pay with plastic and how soon the world may seriously consider digital currency. Perhaps because of its conspicuous role or its symbolic significance, paper currency and whose images are represented on it has long been a topic of interest. Women On 20s, a nonprofit grassroots organization, has played an integral part in bringing attention to the lack of female representation on paper currency. Since 2014 the organization has been campaigning for...

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Guest Post: Health Technology is Gaining Traction in Maryland

At the Division of Innovation and Applied Research, we’ve long recognized the potential for Maryland to be a leader in establishing business opportunities where IT marries other industries, whether its counterpart is education, construction, or health care. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the winner, Rehabtics, and runner-up, Tutela Bedside Technologies, of TU Incubator’s 2014 Business Plan Competition; both are Maryland-based start-ups innovating in health technology. In recent months, we can’t help but notice the increasing buzz of health technology and questions on whether Maryland has what it takes to nurture an industry that improves patient care while increasing ROI for providers. RESI staff attended the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA)’s Summer Conference on Maryland’s health technology industry, and we were blown away by the complex and innovative nature of this emerging industry. Evident from discussion at MEDA’s conference, Maryland has an opportunity to be a leader in nurturing health technology, because Maryland is one of few east coast states with the necessary infrastructure in place. The conference kicked off with three overarching themes: health care access, quality, and affordability through technological innovations. The exact definition of health technology remains elusive, but MEDA provided a definition for one sub-sector, mobile health. Mobile health is defined by MEDA as “the use of wired or wireless technology to improve health and care delivery.” Within mobile health, there are so-called wearables...

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Guest Post: Is Arts Entrepreneurship a Real Field of Study?

Finding My Place in the World In 2001 I graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing. I had perfected my skills as an artist, believed deeply that I had something of value to offer the world, and yet, I had no clear path to financial stability. I knew galleries and museums offered limited options for steady income and that art super stars like Jeff Koons or Yo-Yo Ma did not represent a typical path for the average working artist. My story is not unique and every year thousands...

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Lessons You Can Learn from an Internship

In 35 days I will graduate from Towson University with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, with a concentration in Actuarial Science and Risk Management. For all you math-nerds out there that is approximately 862 hours from now—not that I’m counting! I’m lucky to have this opportunity to reflect upon the many professional experiences I have had during my time at Towson University.  Each experience has helped me grow and advance in different ways.  Working for the Towson University Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) has, without a doubt, had the biggest impact on my professional life. I feel that this internship has truly prepared me for life after graduation. Managing my time effectively, learning how to work with different personalities, and adapting to varying managerial styles have been among the biggest lessons I have learned. Time Management Time management is a lesson that is truly learned through real work experience. A student can learn time management in a classroom, but the true value doesn’t show until you have the opportunity to exercise that skill. Managing five classes and working up to 20 hours a week for RESI has helped me exercise my time management skills to the fullest and prepare me for the future—where I will be working full time and taking actuarial exams. Working with Different Personalities Learning how to work with different personalities is not just a...

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