The International Town & Gown Association Newsletter
January 18, 2018
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Chapel Hill and UNC Launch a New Party Registration Program
The Chapel Hill Police Department and its UNC partners launched the Party Registration Program this week in neighborhoods and apartment complexes throughout the town. The program lets students register their off-campus parties online and at UNC's Office of Community Involvement. If police get a noise complaint about a registered party, they will call or text the hosts, giving them 20 minutes to lower the volume or end the party. The program only applies to parties held on Fridays and Saturdays, because they are trying to discourage weekday parties, said Aaron Bachenheimer, UNC director of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Community Involvement. The Herald Sun
These Towns will help Pay off Student Loan Debt
The Kansas Department of Commerce is offering many new, full-time residents some pretty attractive perks. Seventy-seven different counties, which cover most of the state, offer student loan repayments and/or state income tax waivers as an incentive to get people to move there. The program, called Rural Opportunity Zones, has been "highly effective" in attracting new residents, Kevin Dole, director of communications at the Kansas Department of Commerce, said. So far, they have received 3,400 applications for student loan repayment assistance, and one-third of the applicants are moving to Kansas from out-of-state. CNBC
Safety a Priority for Auburn Campus Community in Wake of Transit-bus Attack
It's been about four months since an Auburn University student was sexually assaulted on a nighttime transit bus, leading to the arrest of the bus driver and his co-worker. After the incident, the university began implementing extra safety measures, including bystander intervention training, hiring extra security personnel and live video monitoring of late-night bus routes. Auburn is requiring all First Transit employees on campus to go through Green Dot bystander intervention training, said Bobby Woodard, vice president for student affairs. About 7,000 university employees and students also have gone through the training. Oanow.com
NAU Announces Hire of Emily Allen as new Assistant Vice President for Community Relations
Northern Arizona University President Rita Hartung Cheng announced Thursday that Emily Allen will be the university's new assistant vice president for community relations. Allen, a senior planner for Fort Collins, Colorado, and executive board member of the ITGA, has 15 years of experience in higher education and local government. "Bringing Emily to NAU provides a tremendous opportunity to enhance our commitment to relationships and partnerships with the community of Flagstaff..." Cheng said. "I am thrilled by the opportunity to learn from and partner with NAU and Flagstaff residents, who are highly engaged and deeply invested in the success of this amazing community," Allen said. Daily Sun
2018 ITGA Awards: Call for Nominations
Each year, 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 ITGA annual conference. The ITGA Presidential Excellence Award was created as a way to highlight members who demonstrate exceptional performance in one 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 go to professionals who best represent the mission of the ITGA. Submit nominations by April 3.
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