Engage TU Newsletter

In the last few weeks, life as we know it has changed. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our communities, workplaces, and homes at an unprecedented pace. As the business and public engagement arm of Towson University, my teams and I are used to working daily with business leaders, entrepreneurs, community partners, educators, faculty, staff, and students. While we have seen operational changes at TU due to COVID-19, each of us has been telecommuting and still engaging with our colleagues and partners to support them and make our work as seamless as possible. For this month's email, my teams have pulled together resources to support our stakeholders during this time. In the coming weeks and months, we will continue our work of putting the knowledge and resources of TU to work for the communities we serve.

If you have questions about our work or how we can support you and your teams, reach out to me.

Take care of yourself and each other.

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Daraius Irani
Vice President
Strategic Partnerships & Applied Research

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Why buying local is important

Supporting locally-owned small businesses has significant positive economic impacts. It's even more important to support them now. MORE

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Managing a startup while navigating a pandemic

Managing a startup during a pandemic takes grit, but founders are responsibile to shareholders, customers and employees to right the ship as best they can. MORE

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Continuing education course discount

TU Continuing and Professional Studies is offering a 20% discount on all online certification prep courses through April 30, 2020. GET 20% DISCOUNT CODE

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Economic effects of COVID-19

The Regional Economic Studies Institute anticipates an immediate economic downturn and recession due to the pandemic and related emergency measures. READ REPORT

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TU Incubator member companies offer support in new ways

Many edtech-focused companies are developing online webinars and are offering their services at a discounted rate or sometimes for free. MORE

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Tracking COVID-19 cases and analyzing response measures using GIS

Organizations are using GIS technology to track the spatial spread of cases and analyze the effectiveness of response measures. TU's Center for GIS pulled together useful links. MORE

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TU Cisco Networking Academy offering free online courses

TU Cisco Networking Academy is offering free, online, self-paced IT courses to the public for one year. MORE

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Entertainment resources you may enjoy

Osher at Towson University pulled together a list of online entertainment resources while we're social distancing. View PDF

TU Launches StarTUp Accelerator

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Jump start your venture at the StarTUp Accelerator. Admitted founders receive $10,000 seed funding, weekly founder-centric programming, mentorship, and exposure to successful ventures in this eight-week, cohort-based program. Applications due by April 24.


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TU's commitment to inspiring and developing entrepreneurs and women leaders is key to the yearlong women’s entrepreneurial mentorship program's move to TU. MORE

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TU Incubator's InferCabulary gets $250,000 from USM Maryland Momentum Fund

EdTech startup has commercialized a visual vocabulary app that deepens word learning and increases critical thinking skills. MORE

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Statewide GIS Training Program adds new course

Since 2016, TU Center for GIS has trained over 1,200 employees from 46 state agencies and 38 local governments. They've recently added a new course to their library. MORE

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The economics of Maryland’s favorite flavor

Old Bay is ubiquitous in Maryland, where the oh-so-special seasoning has found its way into everything from ice cream to beer. RESI delves into the economics and history of Old Bay. MORE

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Is your New Year's resolution doomed?

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Building community by design

A partnership with The Children's Home allows youth who have experienced trauma to share their stories and build community through graphic design. MORE

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Hands-on experience in helping a family

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