The International Town & Gown Association™ Newsletter
January 25, 2018
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Call for Nominations for the 2018 ITGA Awards
Annually, the ITGA recognizes members who work toward improving the quality of life in campus communities. This is an opportunity for professionals to receive recognition for their work at the annual ITGA Conference. The ITGA Presidential Excellence Award was created as a way to highlight members who demonstrate exceptional performance in one or more of the following areas: Leadership, Educational Achievement or Volunteer Service. The Larry Abernathy Award is in honor of the Mayor of the City of Clemson and recognizes collaboration between the city, university and/or students. The awards goes to town-gown professionals who best represent the mission of the ITGA. Submit your nominations today.
Full-time Staffer to Provide Affordable Housing Assistance to CSU Employees
Faculty and staff have just gained a powerful new resource for affordable housing that will supply help with everything from renting to home ownership. CSU has contracted with local nonprofit Neighbor to Neighbor to provide the campus with a full-time staffer who can connect university employees to an array of services for navigating a difficult local housing market. The new housing solutions coordinator will be based in the Off-Campus Life office. It is the first significant step initiated by the Housing Solutions Task Force, formed by CSU President Tony Frank in fall 2015 as part of the Re-Envision Colorado State Initiative. Colorado State University
Growing the Campus Conversation About Mental Health at Universities and Colleges Across the Country
Bell Let's Talk today announced the expansion of its national university mental health campaign to 128 campuses nationwide, representing a student population of more than a million. Moving into the broader campus community, the campaign builds on the success of 2017's university initiative when more than 20,000 student-athletes from 53 universities led the campus mental health conversation at more than 100 university sports events leading up to Bell Let's Talk Day. With approximately 729,065,654 interactions by Canadians over the last 7 Bell Let's Talk Days, Bell's total commitment to mental health, including an original $50-million anchor donation in 2010, has risen to $86,504,429.05.
Call for Proposals for The 2018 ITGA City & University Relations Conference Closes in One Week
The ITGA is inviting you to submit a proposal to present at the 2018 ITGA City & University Relations Conference, hosted by The Ohio State University and City of Columbus, May 29-June 1. We are seeking interactive and innovative sessions on topic areas that provide a platform for productive conversations and enhanced learning. Sessions should focus on leading practices around the world as it relates to partnerships and initiatives between university communities and institutions of higher education of all sizes. To view the presentation topic areas and submission details, click here. Submit proposals by Feb. 1st.
Master Plan Approved to Guide UW Bothell/Cascadia College Campus Development
The University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College have a new campus master plan to help guide development of the campus for the next 20 years. The plan is the result of more than a year of work by the two institutions in collaboration with the city, neighbors and other community members. The plan addresses building, parking and housing needs along with environmental impacts in a document that directs how the campus would change over time. UW Bothell Chancellor Wolf Yeigh said final approval of the master plan is a milestone in the history of the campus-and one that points to its continued success in the future. Bothell, Washington
West Virginia Plan for Free Community College
The West Virginia Legislature is considering a free community college policy that would require recipients of the tuition-free scholarship to remain in the state for two years after graduation, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. The WV Invests Grant would require students to enroll in at least six credit hours a semester and pay for and pass a drug test prior to each new semester. Students would have to maintain a 2.0 grade point average in order to renew the grant prior to earning a degree. The grant would also require students to repay the state, either wholly or partly, if they choose to reside outside West Virginia within two years of obtaining a degree or certificate. Inside Higher Ed
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ITGA News & Announcements
Save the Date: The ITGA City & University Relations Conference, May 29-June 1. Learn more at

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.

Conference Registration: Early registration rates increase February 2. Be sure to take advantage of the discounted rate by February 1. To register, click here.

Pre-Conference Professional Development Opportunities: Register for Certificate in Town Gown Relations, Level 1 or Certificate in Town Gown Relations, Level 2 workshops offered May 29th. To register click here.
Welcome New & Renewing Members
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