Tag: university-community partnerships

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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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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BTU Showcase: Lifelong Health and Well-Being

There is just a little more than a month to go before the BTU Showcase, and the plans are coming together. We have a great group of exhibitors, jumping from 15 in 2016 to nearly 50 this year. If businesses or community groups are interested in partnering, in any capacity, with Towson University, the BTU Showcase is the place to be. 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 and equitable education...

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BTU Showcase: A Vibrant Arts and Cultural Community

As I promised in my last blog post, over the next few weeks leading up to the BTU Showcase, I will feature some of the great projects and centers that will be represented at this year’s event. Each post will focus 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 cultural community A Vibrant Arts and Cultural Community Recognized as a thriving cultural center for Maryland, Towson University is committed to enhancing access to the arts. The following centers and projects...

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