Towson University is reaching out. We value collaboration across the university and the region, and participate in a variety of projects and programs that aim to connect students, faculty, staff and alumni with business, government, neighbors and friends.
Institute for Well-Being
The Towson University College of Health Professions’ Institute for Well-Being is a community-driven organization that unites the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism, Occupational Therapy Center, Speech and Language Center, and Wellness Center.
In a state-of-the-art building in downtown Towson, the Institute offers advanced services and collaborative programs that meet the health needs of the community. Simultaneously, TU students develop critical skills in conducting discipline-specific practices, working as a team and participating in health promotion models.
The result is faculty-student applied research, enriched health care professionals and a community that is healthy and happy.
The Towson University Veterans Center helps returning veterans cope with the unique challenges they face when returning home and pursuing their education.
Towson University’s veteran students can learn about admissions, scholarships and other financial aid, counseling and disability support services, academic advising, and TU’s 100-plus student clubs and organizations, including one for veterans.
Students, staff and faculty members who have served in the military are encouraged to visit the 900-square-foot center, which is located in the Psychology Building, Room 107 and equipped with computers, print stations, and study and meeting spaces.
Marine combat veteran Patrick Young serves as coordinator of Veterans Services and liaison to Towson University’s military community.
The Center for GIS at Towson University has been helping the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) with geospatial solutions to support their vital mission for over 10 years. With increased storm activity, the need to connect the dots between citizens and emergency management officials has never been more important.
The Osprey Dashboard provides state officials and the public with a statewide view of several real-time data feeds related to emergency preparedness and response. The data includes power outages, NOAA weather alerts, traffic congestion and lanes closed, hospital emergency room status, and shelter status. The system leverages these feeds by continually monitoring the data for threshold triggers, allowing users to access statuses across the state, investigate further as needed, and follow recovery efforts in progress on a desktop or tablet browser.
Through the hard work of the students, faculty and staff, Towson University was awarded the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Receiving this classification recognizes Towson’s priorities and emphasis on engaged and collaborative teaching: learning and scholarship that deepen students’ civic and academic learning and enhance community well-being.
TU is one of only three institutions in Maryland to receive the classification, and one of only 361 institutions that are classified nationally. This puts Towson in an elite group of universities that are leading the way in community engaged scholarship, community engagement, and outreach initiatives.
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an Act of Congress, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center whose charge is “to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher and the cause of higher education”.
The Big Event
In 2016, Towson University students, staff and alumni gave back to the community in a big way with the Big Event. The Big Event is Towson University’s largest day of community service where Towson University students give back to the Towson community by helping local homeowners and non-profits. After six years, Towson University’s Big Event has grown to encompass over 2,000 students and nearly 200 different project sites.
This year’s event was the biggest Big Event ever, and was the largest single day of community service in Towson University history. TU students teamed up with businesses, local residents and non-profits to perform community service throughout the Baltimore County area. Students were seen gardening, picking up litter, cleaning buildings and even landscaping. Through the work of its faculty, students, and staff, Towson University continues to strengthen its bond with the local community.
The Big Event happens each spring and is looking for volunteers to not only help with community service, but also join the Big Event planning committee, which helps put this huge event together each year. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are all eligible to volunteer.
Land of Opportunity
In partnership with land owners Al ’66 and Suzie Henneman, Towson University established the TU Field Station in 2010, located on 228 acres of protected land along the banks of the Gunpowder River in Baltimore County. Approximately 18 miles from campus, the facility hosts long-term biological and environmental studies, fieldwork and hands-on research opportunities for faculty working with undergraduate and graduate students. The site offers a diverse cross section of Maryland geography and ecology not found on TU’s suburban campus.
The field station is directed by Don Forester, TU professor emeritus. It includes a winterized teaching and research building, a modern weather station, and 11 large fenced deer exclosures. Classes using the field station include zoology, mammalogy, plant taxonomy and herpetology. Workshops have been held by faculty members from the biology and the art departments.