The International Town & Gown Association Newsletter
February 1, 2018
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Case Study: Strengthening Campus-Community Collaboration: Oregon State and the City of Corvallis
OSU has experienced a 67 percent increase in enrollment since the fall of 2001, when its student body consisted of 18,000 students. In the fall of 2015, OSU's enrollment was 30,000+ students. The significant increase in enrollment has shown signs of negative impact on the city of Corvallis. OSU and Corvallis have created a strategy to mitigate these negative effects and to engage in campus-community collaboration. Collaboration facilitates these environmental interventions identified by the NIAAA as effective measures for preventing alcohol related harm. In September 2011, University President Ed Ray, Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning and other town-gown leaders helped form Collaboration Corvallis. NCSSLE
Florida State Ban on Greek Life Partially Lifted
After a hazing death last year, Florida State University's fraternities and sororities will once again be allowed to operate, though an alcohol ban remains in effect for campus groups. President John Thrasher announced Monday reforms for Greek life and that he was lifting some of the sanctions he imposed in November. "I've said all along that in order for there to be real change on campus, students must be part of the solution," Thrasher said. "Our students are now beginning to fully understand the serious obligation that have to behave responsibly. They have demonstrated this during the past three months and have pledged to continue to do so." Inside Higher Ed
St Francis Xavier University to Launch Seven New Living Learning Communities in Residence
Starting this fall, StFX students can take advantage of a unique living and learning opportunity designed to deepen the academic experience. StFX will launch seven new living learning communities in its residences, providing space for students who want to live and learn and immerse themselves in a community tailored to a specific academic or lifestyle interest. "It's really about experiential learning," says Student Life Director Jacqueline De Leebeeck who says many universities today are realizing the potential for students living in LLCs to experience that bridge between academic and community learning. STFX.CA
Among U.S. Mayors, There's Widespread Concern About Housing Costs, BU Survey Finds
A new nationwide survey of mayors finds that half believe the cost of housing is among the top three reasons people move out of their cities. The mayors cited housing concerns ahead of jobs, schools and public safety as a reason residents move. "Across the country, mayors of all types of cities are concerned about housing affordability and access," concludes the annual survey, out Tuesday from the BU Initiative on Cities. The survey is based on 115 interviews conducted in 2017. The BU institute reached out to all mayors of U.S cities with a population of at least 75,000 and 115 mayors of 467 cities completed the survey. Bostonomix
Police Relations and Services in Town-Gown Cities Are Changing in a Positive Way Throughout America
The public services that are being provided by Police Departments to citizens and students in our nation's town-gown cities are changing rapidly, writes Roger Kemp, a Professional in Residence at the University of New Haven. This is due to the changing ethnic composition of our cities, the national enhancement of police services, the grater use of new technologies by our Police Departments, and the increasing diversity of Police Departments that is taking place to reflect the citizens and students that are being served by their services. To see the evolving best practices, click here. Roger L. Kemp, PhD
Kutztown Community Partnership Names Sandy Green Community Liaison
Kutztown Community Partnership with support of Kutztown Borough and Kutztown University, has named Sandy Green as the community liaison, which is a new position. Green will play a critical role in enhancing and developing strategic partnerships throughout the community to foster positive relationships between local businesses, the university, and residents. "KCP Board of Directors wanted to do more to support our current businesses and also work to attract the right kind of needed business to the borough," said Jerry Schearer, KCP board president. Green served as Mayor of Kutztown and is currently a member of the ITGA where she was awarded Level 2 Certification. Berks-Mont News
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ITGA News & Announcements
Save the Date: The ITGA City & University Relations Conference, May 29-June 1. Learn more at www.itga.org.

Submit a Bid: ITGA members are invited to submit a bid to host the 2019 ITGA City & University Relations Conference. Submissions must be received by February 1. To learn more, click here.

Pre-Conference Professional Development Opportunities: Register for Certificate in Town Gown Relations Level 1 or Level II workshops offered May 29th. To register, click here.

Conference Registration: Early Registration rates increase February 2. Register now and take advantage of the special rates.
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