The International Town & Gown Association™ Newsletter
November 9, 2017
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Florida State University Bans Greek Life After Student Death
FSU President John Thrasher has announced a ban on all fraternities and sororities following the death of a student after a house party Friday. "I want to send a serious message, I really do," said Thrasher. "We've got a serious problem." FSU student, 20-year-old Andrew Coffey of Pompano Beach was found unresponsive the morning after a house party about a mile from campus. Coffey, a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pledge, was given medical treatment but died on the scene. A ban on alcohol has also been issued at all Recognized Student Organization events during the interim suspension. USA Today
City of Burlington Requests Larger UVM Payment for Downtown Services
For the first time ever, the city of Burlington is asking UVM to pay for using Burlington infrastructure. In 2017, the University paid $3 million to the city for fire and police services, according to the UVM 2017 payment for services agreement report. Burlington's proposal is part of an annual agreement between the city and University, stated Tom Gustafson, vice president for University relations, in an email. The city is asking UVM and Champlain College to help pay for restoration of roads, sidewalks and water pipes, said Katie Vine, communications coordinator for the mayor's office. The Vermont Cynic
The 2018 ITGA City & University Relations Conference
Call for proposals to present at the ITGA City & University Relations Conference are open! We are seeking interactive sessions on topic areas that provide a platform for productive conversations and enhanced learning around the following tracks: Partnerships; Neighborhood Revitalization & Economic Development; Policy Law & Governance; and Emerging Trends & Collaborations. To learn more, click here. Proposal must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2018.
GEW Penn State Orchestrates Town and Gown Events for Entrepreneurs
GEW Penn State is part of an international initiative with 15,000 partners in 170 countries. The goal is to connect entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policy makers and start-up champions around the world. GEW Penn State events will take place on 15 Commonwealth campuses, including University Park, where locations will extend into downtown State College. More than 60 themed events, workshops and networking opportunities will take place throughout the week, including "She Started It-A Documentary on Entrepreneurial Women," and the return of CBICC Flavor Flights featuring local restaurants. Penn State
Landlords Talk About Impact of Second-Year Live-On Campus Requirement
Two years after Ohio State changed its housing policy, nearby off-campus landlords noticed a shift in the housing market and have made changes-such as remodeling their units and pushing their leasing season forward-to help the companies transition to a new market. Starting the 2016-17 academic year, second-year students were required to live on-campus residence halls or approved fraternity and sorority houses. One year later, roughly 7,000 second-year students stayed on campus instead of potentially moving into off-campus homes. The policy change didn't significantly lower the number of people wanting to lease, but it influenced the style of new apartments instead. The Lantern
Invitation to Submit a Bid to Host the 2019 ITGA City & University Relations Conference
ITGA members are invited to submit a bid to host the 2019 ITGA City & University Relations Conference. Benefits include showcasing your campus and community to attendees from around the world. To learn more, click here. Bids must be submitted by February 1.
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A growing and impressive group of professionals from campus communities continue to network and share strategies for improving town-gown relations. Join us on Twitter and LinkedIn. The conference hashtag is #ITGA18.