The International Town & Gown Newsletter TM
September 28, 2017
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College Towns Get Boost From Family Weekends
Susquehanna University spokeswoman Amanda O'Rourke said Susquehanna University works to bring its students into the community. The university holds two events for first-year students, the "Make Yourself at Home in Selinsgrove" and the "Scavenger Hunt." These events introduce students to the various stores and businesses in the area. Bucknell University Dean of Students Amy Badal said Bucknell also has similar programs to get students into the downtown: "Welcome to the Neighborhood: Lewisburg Day" and the Midnight Madness at the Lewisburg Walmart for incoming first years. The Daily Item .
KCCI Launches Campaign to Connect Students & Community
KCCI Executive Director Betsy Couch made a big reveal at Midtown's Fifth and Thomas Pub. "We're announcing our 2018 Community Catalyst project, which is going to focus on university and community connectivity." Couch said a new group of community catalysts would be tasked with forging a higher bond between town and gown. We'll look at all of the exciting things that are already happening in town that connect university students to the community and they'll look at how we can pull everybody together; how can we be the catalyst to make a collective effort to better connect our university students with Tallahassee. WFSU News.
Mental Health Town Hall at RU Bridges a Gap
The Rutgers student government held its first annual "Mental Health Town Hall" in an effort to bridge the gap between students and the health and wellness services available to them. The Sept 21 panel featured five members of the Rutgers mental health community; an organizer from the student-volunteer crisis hotline and two staff from the on-campus counseling center. More than 4,000 students come to see us, said Dr. Richards, director of CAPS. Students are more willing to seek services then they were in the past while centers are getting better at recognizing cultural divides and stigma associated with seeking care. Rutgers University .
Call for Proposals for the ITGA City & University Relations Conference TM Will Open Next Week
The Ohio State University and City of Columbus are excited to host the ITGA City & University Relations Conference TM May 29-June 1, 2018. The invitation to submit a proposal to present at the conference will open next week. Be sure to visit our website at for more conference information and updates. We look forward to seeing you in Columb us , Ohio!
Tempe and ASU Team Up to Provide New Transportation Options
A highland walkway, a new Rural Road bridge and a monorail system running over campus are just three of the 11 ideas proposed at the Tempe Transportation Commission meeting on Sept. 12. The proposals aim to decrease traffic flow and congestion in downtown Tempe. Downtown Tempe and ASU's Tempe campus see 50,000 vehicles sweeping through their streets a day, on top of heavy pedestrian and cyclist traffic. ASU and Tempe partnered to commission a study to better understand the changes to Tempe and how to work toward solutions for the increased density to the downtown area. The State Press .
Purdue 'Newcomers' Invited to Community Networking Event
A local event designed to plug newcomers into the local community will take place next month in Lafayette. While the event is open to all Purdue employees, as well as those from other local companies, it is primarily geared toward those who have relocated here within the last two to three years and want to learn more about Greater Lafayette. A town and gown committee, co-chaired by Beth McCuskey, Purdue's vice provost for student life, worked with event sponsors Greater Lafayette Commerce and Purdue Federal Credit Union to organize the event. This will be like community 'speed dating,'" McCusky said. Purdue University .
Talent Drives the Future-and These 17 Communities are Leading the Way
You've likely heard it said that the demand for workers with education beyond high school is greater now than ever-with nearly two-thirds of U.S. jobs projected to require education or training beyond high school by 2020. You've also probably heard a lot of talk about what should or must be done to meet this demand. It's time to turn that talk into action, and we're seeing communities across the country step up to lead. This local-level work is already underway-most notably, in 17 communities across the country that Lumina Foundation is proud to designate Talent Hubs. Huffington Post .
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