Stellar Stats

Words Work

“Students love writing for real causes,” says TU professor Zosha Stuckey. Her English class partnered with Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park and the state park service to write grants for the first fully accessible playground at the Hollofield area. Their pleas helped raise more than $77,000 for the park, off Route 40, that opened last summer after a six-year collaboration.

A Green Award

TU’s #WastED campaign won the RecycleMania Case Study Competition Education and Awareness Award. Last spring, students led six innovative games and trivia contests to help their peers identify campus items that could be recycled and composted. “This campaign was all about making waste education fun,” says Patricia Watson, campus sustainability manager.

Kudos to TU

Make room in TU’s trophy case. Money magazine ranked TU 150th in its 2017 Best Colleges for Your Money list, outperforming 79 percent of the competition. TU holds the No. 181 spot in Forbe’s 2017 Best Value Colleges ranking. TU was also ranked fourth on BestColleges.com. Only Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland College Park and St. Mary’s College ranked ahead of Towson University.

Top 10

With light sensors, smart meters and other innovations, TU became one of the top 10 institutions in the nation for energy savings. Six major projects and many smaller improvements helped the university achieve its Better Buildings Challenge goal three years ahead of schedule. Energy consumption on campus is down 20 percent since 2010, saving “roughly $1.5 million a year in energy costs,”
says TU Energy Manager Steve Kolb.

Ancient Instincts

Tavia La Follette received The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance 2017 Rubys Artist Project Grants in media arts and performing arts. The assistant professor of theatre arts evoked instinctual responses in Ancient Instincts, a performance that investigated ecology, perception and the psychology of sound.

Make It Two

For the second year in a row, CBE’s Enactus chapter placed second in a national competition, winning the R.W. Plaster Free Enterprise Challenge. Enactus, a student entrepreneurial team, took home the $5,000 prize in the National Enactus Competition for its café project. The café, located in the basement of Stephens Hall, was judged on its profits—$11,000 last year—scalability,
sustainability and clarity, among other criteria.

“X” Marks the Award

TU won a 2017 X Award from Target X, a provider of higher education student life solutions. The university was honored for removing barriers in its graduate online application. TU consulted with vision-impaired students and conducted user testing “so that prospective students who rely on a screen reader can successfully apply to TU.”

Techno-award

EduCycle® nabbed the Campus Technology Impact Award, an international honor that recognizes universities that make an extraordinary impact on campus technology. TU’s innovative OTS program, created in the College of Liberal Arts by Theresa Jenkins, manager for technology, facilities and events, has saved $2.8 million and repurposed 2,800 computers for use on campus and in area high schools. Previous award winners include Duke University and Harvard Business School.