Paws for Thanks

TU community thanks donors for their generosity

Last April, students, faculty, staff, administrators and TU President Kim Schatzel gathered outside of the University Union for Paws for Thanks. The Marching Band blasted TU’s fight song as students lined up to enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers.

This gathering, which at first glance could be mistaken for a pep rally, was actually Towson University’s annual donor appreciation event.

During Paws for Thanks, people from every corner of campus come together to thank our generous donors by signing a giant “Thank You” banner. What makes this event unique for a day of donor appreciation is that many of the students, faculty and staff who attend are donors themselves. Students who have made a gift to Towson University have the opportunity to talk about why they chose to donate and what impact they hope to have on the institution.

As TU continues to build a culture of philanthropy on campus, events such as Paws for Thanks will become increasingly important to allow our community to thank those who have given back and made a difference.

Addressing Student Substance Abuse and Recovery

Collegiate Recovery Community supports students

Substance abuse is a challenging and growing problem, especially on college campuses where it’s perceived as the norm.

Towson University’s Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) hopes to ease stressors for students in recovery or struggling with substance abuse.

CRC “gives students a chance to connect with peers and have a genuine college experience while sharing common goals and values,” says Emily Sears, manager of substance education, treatment and prevention services. “Members can attend support meetings, social events, or engage in service or advocacy opportunities.”

Towson received a grant from Transforming Youth Recovery, a national leader in the youth recovery movement in January 2016 to build an active program for students. This grant put
TU a step ahead of legislation passed last spring which required all University System of Maryland institutions to provide recovery support and services to students in need.

To support Towson’s students in recovery, visit