The International Town & Gown Association™ Newsletter
June 6, 2019
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ITGA Start-up: Ad Hoc Outreach Committee
ITGA Board member Gary Stewart has offered to assist with outreach and communications-related strategies, and we're looking for colleagues who can lend their talents and advise as needed. Gary worked in U.S. and international newspapering before joining Cornell University, and currently produces a longtime weekly radio show that's podcast, and a regular column for print and online. Gary and team are also wrapping up an ITGA video that you'll see soon. We are looking for talent who will lend their skills in helping ITGA tell its story in a timely fashion, as needed. If you're interested in volunteering/assisting, email Thanks for any consideration in this regard.
Town-Gown Relations, A Global Approach: Evolving Together to Grow a Thriving Community
The 2019 ITGA Conference offered not only a holistic, but a sophisticated approach to considering all aspects of off-campus life. Recognising the patterns and shared experiences of American colleagues, the UK Town & Gown Association (UKTGA) was formed to ensure the same support and knowledge exchange was available for colleagues within the UK. The UKTGA holds a biennial conference to take place in November 2020. One such academic lead in the field is Professor Michael Fox, Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, who recently co-authored 'Studentification Guide for North America,' alongside Loughborough based Professor Darren Smith. ITGA members can access the guide by logging into resource center website. Poppy Humphrey
Michigan State University Names New President in Wake of Larry Nassar Scandal
Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr., a medical researcher who has led Stony Brook University in New York for nearly a decade, was named Tuesday as the next president of Michigan State University in the wake of the most extensive sexual abuse scandal in sports history. Stanley was chosen in an 8-0 vote by the school's board of trustees, effective Aug. 1. He will take charge of a 50,000-student university that has been led by a string of acting or interim presidents since the January 2018 resignation of Lou Anne Simon. Stanley pledged to meet with Nassar's victims and their families and, noting his background as a physician, said the "terrible tragedy" was a "gross and incomprehensible betrayal of trust." Huffpost
Strengthening a Shared Community
Some chose to beautify through community cleanups, landscaping and tree planting. Other volunteers fought food insecurity by packing meals or collecting canned food. Hundreds more pitched in on other projects, more than 20 in all, featured in the eighth annual Good Neighbor Day on Saturday. The volunteer event, hosted by UMD, the City of College Park and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to unify the community through service-pulling in students, faculty, staff, alums, College Park residents, officials and others. "It is great to see families taking part in caring for the environment and teaching their children the value in doing good and being engaged in the community," said Gloria Aparicio Blackwell, director of the Office of Community Engagement. Maryland Today
Illinois Chicago Offers In-State Tuition to All Native Americans
The University of Illinois at Chicago has announced that it will offer in-state tuition to students from any of the 573 tribal nations recognized by the United States. The savings, compared to state universities in eligible students' home states, could be as much as $14,000 a year. Currently, only eight of the university's 20,000 undergraduates are Native Americans, although some with Native American heritage may be among the 600 students who report that they are from two or more races. Inside Higher Ed
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