The International Town & Gown Association™ Newsletter
May 2, 2019
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Final ITGA Conference Update, Reminders
As you know, the annual conference is coming up, and our board and host committee look forward to seeing you soon. Key reminders and details: Registration closes Monday (May 6). On May 7, conference-goers will receive an email on registering for mobile sessions. On May 8, attendees will be asked to RSVP for conference events, and shortly thereafter receive a " Know Before you Go" email with additional details. We're thrilled to be welcoming 100-plus first-time ITGA conference attendees this year, who will hear dynamic keynoters, and presentations on key and current college town issues. (Plus a chance to network, a lot, of course. See the schedule at-a-glance). Thanks as always to our sponsors, and we'll see you in Happy Valley later this month. Safe travels.
Main Line Small Business Networking Event and Panel Discussion
On Tuesday, Villanova University's Office of Government and External Affairs co-hosted the inaugural Main Line Small Business Panel and Networking Event. Panelists spoke to a room of over fifty attendees, discussing topics such as: current and future retail trends, how technology and e-commerce has impacted small business, the future of brick and mortar, recruiting and retaining employees, and more. Laura Wagoner, Assistant Director and Community Relations at Villanova and coordinator of the event said, "Villanova is incredibly thankful to have so many dedicated community partners invested in the success of the University and the region..." Villanova University
Discrepancies in Estimates on Food Insecurity
New research finds that while food insecurity among college students is a serious problem, studies on the issue may not provide accurate estimates of its magnitude. A group of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says more research is needed to accurately estimate the number of college students facing food insecurity and hunger, as awareness of the problem grows and lawmakers and colleges grapple with it. The researchers analyzed multiple studies on food insecurity and found discrepancies in the way hunger is measured. Those discrepancies cast doubt on estimates of the share of college students who are reportedly hungry or food insecure, according to a paper the researchers published in PLOS ONE last week. Inside Higher Ed
City of Berkeley, UC Berkeley Grapple Over Campus Growth Impacts as Possible Lawsuit Looms
Dan Mogulof, UC Berkeley's assistant vice chancellor of executive communications, told Berkeleyside on Wednesday morning that "the campus is prepared to successfully defend its position in court," but hopes it will not come to that. Berkeley's mayor announced Tuesday night that the city is prepared to sue the regents over a proposed development on Hearst Avenue and a recent environmental report. Mogulof told Berkeleyside in February that the university paid the city of Berkeley $1,770,698 in 2018-19, which included payments from the Chancellor's Partnership Fund for projects deemed to improve the quality of life in Berkeley. Those payments are set to continue for at least two more years while the new Long Range Development Plan is underway. Berkeleyside
Why Senior Living Should Ask More of University Partners
If senior living providers want to work with universities, they're going to have to offer something of value, but they should ask for something in return, too. That's according to Andrew Carle, a senior living consultant and former COO of Affinity Living. Carle knows a thing or two about senior living and academia, as he was the founding director of George Mason University's senior housing program. Today, he has his sights set on an even bigger goal; Carle is working with Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. on a graduate-level senior housing program aimed at giving students the skills to take on high-level field or corporate leadership positions once they graduate. Senior Housing News
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