The Towson University Showcase is the best opportunity to connect with TU and explore, initiate, or expand partnerships and collaborations.
Working in partnership with the community, Towson University's programs and research address critical workforce shortages, improve K-12 access and completion, promote health and well-being, advance sustainability initiatives, and ensure informed decision-making in the community.
2016 Presentations Given By
- Addressing the Needs of Post-Stroke Survivors: Community-Based Approaches, Sonia Lawson
- Building STEPS, Debra Hettleman
- Maryland Child Care Mapping Tool, Michael Bentivegna
2016 Exhibitors Included
The Center for GIS (CGIS) is a professional organization staffed by highly qualified technologists dedicated to empowering government, businesses, and non-profits by making GIS technology accessible through innovative geospatial solutions including geospatial data development and analysis, application design and development, GIS integration, client site support, and GIS training.
The Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) provides a vast array of economic and policy analysis services that empower public, private, and nonprofit organizational decision-making. As markets, economic factors, and public policy are ever-changing, RESI continues to enhance and expand its services and expertise.
The Towson University Center for Professional Studies develops customized workforce training programs for clients within the government and corporate sector designed to address critical skill gaps. Drawing upon the talent of faculty, staff, and a broad network of alumni, we identify subject matter experts to develop and deliver dynamic training programs to enhance productivity and efficiency within the workforce. With a flexible delivery model including in-person and online training, we can adapt to meet the needs of staff regardless of location.
TU is deeply committed to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation through the TU Entrepreneur Experience, which involves the TU Incubator and the Student Launch Pad. The TU Incubator, Towson University’s business incubator, serves as an entrepreneurial resource and activity hub inside and outside of Towson University. Education Technology (EdTech) is a main area of focus, and the TU Incubator is uniquely positioned to help companies succeed by leveraging the University’s resources and expertise in education. The Student Launch Pad at Towson University facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration between academics, student life, and our larger community to encourage Towson students to create enterprise as innovators, agents of change, and scholars.
TU Professional Leadership Program for Women and the Office of Partnerships and Outreach | Bobbie Laur
The Office of Partnerships & Outreach's team of experienced marketers, community engagement professionals, graphic designers, and event planners focuses on matching the expertise and resources of the University with external partners. The Towson University Professional Leadership Program for Women is designed for women who are committed to increasing their capacity for leadership and influence. Designed by business, community, and educational leaders, the program provides hands-on practical learning and coaching in a supportive environment.
The Towson University Career Center assists students and recent alumni with their career planning and implementation. The Career Center works to connect students with career opportunities through the Hire@TU database, career fairs, a blog, and more. The Career Center has many resources for employers to connect with the university in order to find interns and employees for their organizations.
Service-learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development. Self-reflection and positive reciprocal relationships with community partners are key concepts of service-learning. Service-learning is effective in instilling leadership and civic responsibility in students, helping students comprehend course material, and addressing community needs in a sustainable way. Towson University has several resources to assist community organizations in exploring service-learning partnerships with faculty and students.
Urban Food Systems: Teaching Students about the Imperfections of Baltimore's Food Systems | Andrea Brace
This service-learning course, in the Department of Health Science, is designed to challenge students to look closely at the environment of Baltimore City's complex food systems. Students will critically think about what it would take to improve these systems to assure access for all to nutritious, adequate, affordable food. Students will learn about the food system from field to plate, including production, distribution, economics, policy, health and the environment. As part of this course, students participate in service-learning at community sites in order to apply what they have learned in the classroom.
Implementing Instructional Technologies in Local Schools or Educational Centers | Liyan Song
This course is taught out of the Educational Technology and Literacy department. It teaches students how to use instructional technologies in the classroom and gives them the opportunity to apply these skills with school children at a local school or educational center. This semester, students are working at the Halstead Academy to introduce school children to makerspaces.
Cyber attacks are an ever-increasing threat in today's society. TU's Department of Computer Science and Information Sciences is working to address this threat through a National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The project enhances the understanding of the impacts of cyber attacks on smart grid operation and end users, which will help communities develop security counter measures.
TU's Department of Marketing is developing innovative new programs and projects to keep up with the demands of a changing marketplace. The Master's in Marketing Intelligence program integrates marketing research, strategy, analytics, data management, and interactive marketing. It's designed with an applied, experiential learning focus based on industry needs. Other innovative projects and programs in the department include eye tracking software to evaluate website effectiveness, a sales competition that gives students the opportunity to work with real organizations, and other service-learning opportunities.
The Occupational Therapy Center provides a variety of services and programs for children and adults to enhance independence and quality of life. The Center offers reasonably priced programs that extend services beyond those found in a traditional educational or medical system. Occupational therapy professionals directly supervise our students to provide best practice services to clients. Services are provided in individual or group settings with multiple interprofessional opportunities for clients and students.
IT Capstone Experience | Michael McGuire
The IT Capstone course provides graduating seniors with real-world experience working with organizations to solve IT problems. Clients for the class have included a broad range of organizations, from small businesses to area schools to non-profits. The types of projects that students have worked on include website development, strategic IT planning, database development and support, and network vulnerability scanning.
Building STEPS is a non-profit that provides Baltimore City public high school students who have a demonstrated interest in science and technology with the exposure, support, and safety net critical for college access and completion. Building STEPS is headquartered at TU and collaborates with the university on a variety of initiatives, such as hosting students for seminars, internships, and visits, providing assistance from the Admissions and Financial Aid offices to help students with their applications, and hosting board meetings on campus.
The Maryland Center for Construction Education & Innovation is an industry-led workforce intermediary created to align the industry’s changing workforce needs with Maryland’s education offerings. MCCEI aims to create a world-class education system for the built environment.
The Maryland Council on Economic Education (MCEE) seeks to ensure that Marylanders are equipped with the economic knowledge and decision-making skills they will need to make informed, rational decisions as consumers, workers, citizens, investors, and participants in the global economy. MCEE works through the education system to provide quality economic and financial instruction in Maryland’s K-16 schools. MCEE also offers Maryland employers financial literacy professional development support through “Train the Trainer” programs.