Stellar Stats

Science Funded

Construction on the new Science Facility begins this fall thanks to $26 million in funding, which was recently approved by the state legislature. In fact, more than $124 million was earmarked for the project, covering its entire cost through 2020. The Science Facility will be the largest academic building on campus, adding state-of-the-art labs, equipment and space to support TU’s STEM programs and faculty.

Old Rooms, New Digs

To meet the strong demand for upper-division student housing and help offset a 2,000 to 2,500-bed shortage, the TU will end its agreement with the Towson University Marriott Hotel at the end of the contract in June 2018, and will convert the university-owned building to student housing by fall 2018.

Best for Jewish Students

TU was ranked 13th in the United States and Canada by The Algemeiner as a university that is a model “for promoting Jewish culture and life.” The magazine cited multiple factors, including TU as host to the Baltimore Hebrew Institute, which supports the education of Jewish-studies scholars, educators and professionals.

Rising in the Ranks

U.S. News & World Report ranked TU’s College of Education among the best online graduate education programs. TU moved from 153rd place last year to 66th place in the magazine’s list of 197 private and public regional institutions offering online graduate programs.

Patriotic Employers

Give a salute to the Office of Graduate Studies’ Janet Delany, Robin Walczak and Arlene Ceribelli, along with Rajeswari Kolagani and David Schaefer of the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences. They received a Patriot Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for supporting TU graduate student David Houston when he was deployed to the Middle East.

Footnotes

Vincent Thomas wants young men to know it’s OK to kick up their heels on the dance floor. Backed by funds from the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences, the associate professor of dance offered a residency with his VTDance studio geared to Baltimore County middle and high school male students. Dancers took Thomas’s class at TU and performed in the TU Spring Dance Concert.

Tunes for Tykes

“Saturday Morning Tunes,” offered by WTMD, is live music just for kids. TU’s public radio station launched the concert series with a test run last year, followed by monthly concerts from January through May in 2017. Baby Beats, 123 Andres, and Danny Weinkauf and his Red Pants Band were among the groups who kept tots dancing in the aisles.

Global Learning

The Study Abroad Office awarded over $32,000 in scholarships to students studying abroad during Minimester and spring 2017. More than $16,000 of the money went to students who applied for the Inaugural TU Institutional Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship.

Fulbright Winner

Sonali Raje, associate professor of chemistry in the Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, received a 2017 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant. She will examine how chemistry faculty at the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education in Mumbai, India, prepare undergraduates for a chemistry “Olympiad.” Raje wants “to translate that experience to my chemistry content teaching and mentoring student teachers at TU.”