BTU Partnership Awards

BTU is making an impact. We want to celebrate it.

Towson University plays an important role in the vitality of Towson, Greater Baltimore, and Maryland. Through BTU: Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore, TU faculty, students, and staff are working with partners across Maryland to address community needs.

To recognize this impactful work, Towson University is proud to present the BTU Partnership Awards. These awards celebrate the efforts of you—faculty, students, staff, community partners—and the collaborative work being done that embodies the spirit of TU and benefits the communities we serve.

2018 Winners

Recipients are celebrated at an awards reception, featured in several university-wide communications, and guaranteed placement at the BTU Partnerships Showcase.

Opera in a Can

Faculty Lead: Dr. Phillip Collister, College of Fine Arts and Communication
Community Partner: Annapolis Opera and Franklin Elementary School

Opera in a Can, a faculty and student led children’s opera outreach program, was formed in 2011 by the Department of Music at Towson University and has evolved into a collaboration with Annapolis Opera and Franklin Elementary School. Through Opera in a Can, operas based on familiar fairy tales are performed for children at local schools, libraries, and community centers, exploring relevant social issues and teaching fundamental life lessons while instilling an appreciation of the arts. These performances and the work leading up to them provide hands-on experiences to Towson University students while increasing their awareness of career paths within music education. Since its inception, Opera in a Can has performed for well over 17,000 students, providing access to the arts for youth, while serving as a creative outlet for emerging artists at Towson University.

Model UN

Faculty Lead: Dr. Alison McCartney, College of Liberal Arts
Community Partner: Baltimore County Public Schools

The Towson University–Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Model UN program provides equal access to civic engagement learning experiences for students in Baltimore County Public Schools while providing Towson University students with hands-on opportunities mentoring high school students. Model UN is an educational simulation, in which high school students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Through the innovative approach by TU and BCPS, Model UN is offered at no cost to participating students. The programming compliments BCPS’ curriculum and increases college access and civic readiness and provides Towson University students with an opportunity to be active participants in the Greater Baltimore community. Since 2002, Model UN has reached over 25 schools in four school districts and has provided a cost-effective program to over 3,000 students.

Helping Up Mission

Faculty Lead: Dr. Mary Lashley, College of Health Professions
Community Partner: Helping Up Mission

Since 2003, Towson University and Helping Up Mission have been partnering to address the complex health needs of homeless men in recovery from chemical addictions while providing transformational, hands-on opportunities to Towson University students. In 2006, seed funding was obtained to begin an oral health program in collaboration with the University of Maryland Dental School, which has provided emergency, preventative, and restorative care to men residing at the mission. In addition to the flagship oral health program, over the years, Towson University nursing students have provided on-site wellness services, including coordinating health fairs, conducting health screenings, implementing wellness programs, and participating in program evaluation research to evaluate the efficacy of program interventions. This partnership promotes health and well-being to one of the most vulnerable populations in Baltimore City while also providing Towson University students with experiential learning opportunities that promote diversity awareness, fosters inter-professional collaboration, and supports students in the development of clinical, research, and leadership skills.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible partnerships include one-time collaborations as well as ongoing collaborations and are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with at least one of the five BTU impact areas
  • Impact on Towson University and Greater Baltimore
  • Scope of work (internal and external)
  • Uniqueness of the work
  • Exemplification of best practices demonstrated and measurable outcomes
Celebration of Excellence

TU Celebration of Excellence

The BTU Partnership Awards is part of TU's Celebration of Excellence. The Celebration of Excellence ties together eight wonderful events and provides a perfect path toward the ultimate celebratory event on our campus, our spring commencement. Although these events are very different, they all have one thing in common: celebrating excellence at Towson University!