TOWSON UNIVERSITY, often referred to as TU or simply TOWSON for
short, is a public university located in Towson in Baltimore County ,
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As time passed, the enrollment in the school grew exponentially. The
State Normal School soon quickly outgrew its temporary facilities in
Red Man's Hall on Paca Street and moved to another temporary location
in 1873 on the northeast corner of North Charles and East Franklin
Streets, in the former William Howard Greek Revival mansion (son of
American Revolutionary War
MOVE TO TOWSON
Stephens Hall, under construction in 1914. Newell Hall, 1916
The demand for qualified teachers became overwhelming by the turn of
the century. The
In 1934, the state decreed that new public school teachers must have baccalaureate degrees instead of two-year teaching certificates, and the school retooled its curriculum to issue Bachelor of Science degrees. The following year, the school changed its name to MARYLAND STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE AT TOWSON. As the name implied, the college's single purpose was to train teachers. In 1946, however, the institution established a junior college to offer two years of college work on a transfer basis. This expansion laid the foundation of what was later to become the art and sciences program. In 1958, the college offered its first graduate program leading to a Master of Education degree. In 1960, the college expanded the art and science programs into four-year courses and began awarding bachelor's degrees in these fields. Due to this change in focus, the name changed once more to TOWSON STATE COLLEGE.
Beginning in 1964, the college enrollment rates began a dramatic
increase as the baby boomer generation began applying to colleges.
Within a decade, Towson State's enrollment climbed from 3,537 to
13,399. This expansion led to the construction of the Center for the
Arts, University Union, Cook Library, and many other new facilities.
Under the presidency of James L. Fisher, the college expanded the
courses offered to meet the demands of the growing student body. In
1976, the school's name changed again to TOWSON STATE UNIVERSITY. In
1988, TU joined 10 other public institutions in the newly created
University System of
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Carrollton and Lafayette Street
NAME OF COLLEGE DEAN
College of Business and Economics Shohreh A. Kaynama
College of Education Laurie Mullen
College of Fine Arts and Communication Susan E. Picinich
College of Health Professions Lisa Plowfield
College of Liberal Arts Terry A. Cooney
Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics David Vanko
Honors College Terry A. Cooney
College of Graduate Studies and Research Janet V. DeLaney
The university provides 64 undergraduate majors, 37 master's degree programs and 4 doctoral programs. Once students have determined a program of study, they become a member of the academic college administering the program.
Towson's gerontology program is one of only 100 such undergraduate programs offered in the United States. It is also the only public university in the United States that offers an undergraduate degree in e-Business .
More than 20,000 full-time and part-time students are enrolled in the University. Their numbers include over 800 international students from 100 nations. There are more than 17,000 undergraduates; approximately 32% are non-white. Also, in 2006 Towson achieved more enrollment in its business school than any college in the state of Maryland.
The Residence Tower, one of TU's high rise residence halls.
Around 74% of the freshman class, and over 5,000 students among all four classes, reside on campus. The University has 16 residence halls, which include apartment complexes, modern high-rise towers, and more traditional two- and three-story residential buildings. Students can also choose from 10 Residential Learning Communities While on campus, students have access to a counseling center, an academic advising center, a health center, and a career center.
An example of a OneCard
Students can access their meal plan, residence hall, and computer labs through the use of their OneCard. They can also go to all of the school sporting events (which are many times free of charge to students) and several on campus events with the use of their card. It also serves as a form of identification on campus.
TU has its own on campus shuttle system that operates free of charge
to students. The on-campus shuttle travels to most sections of the
school, while the off-campus shuttles travel to housing complexes (The
Fairways at Towson, University Village, The Colony, Donnybrook) that
students live in that are on the outskirts of the campus. There is
also direct access to the MTA
Towson Unplugged is one of the largest wireless networks in the
Baltimore metro area, and provides
Main article: Towson University buildings and structures
CAMPUS MASTER PLAN
As a response to the University System of Maryland’s (USM) desire
The resulting vision, called TU:2010. addresses both University
As part of this vision, Towson's campus is undergoing many construction projects set into different phases with staggered completion dates.
COMPLETED CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
NAME OF PROJECT COST COMPLETION DATE DESCRIPTION
Union Third Floor Conference Rooms $760,000 August 2006 Conversion of existing patio space on the third floor of the University Union into conference rooms for use by student organizations.
Cook Library Lobby Renovation and
Burkshire Marriott Pub $1 million January 2007 The patio outside of Nathan T's at the Burkshire Marriott was enclosed and the interior of Pub Smedley was renovated and expanded to create the newly named University Club. The University Club boasts new interior finishes, bar, and bathrooms.
Childcare Center $4.5 million January 2007 Formerly housed in the Lida Lee Tall Education Building, TU's Childcare Center now has its own newly constructed building located on Auburn Drive.
Campus Memorial Garden $200,000 Summer 2007 Construction of a memorial garden between the University Union and the Glen Towers was completed 2007. The garden is open to all students, faculty and staff and is designed to provide visitors with a peaceful place where the lives of members of the Towson University community may be remembered and celebrated.
Towsontown Garage Expansion $10.6 million December 2007 Expansion of the garage to add 500 parking spaces for use by students, faculty, staff and visitors. Construction was completed in December 2007.
West Village Housing - Phase I $36 million Fall 2008 Delivery of 668 additional beds in the West Village sector was completed before the fall 2008 semester.
College of Liberal Arts - Phase I $51.5 million April 2009 Design and construction of the first 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of the 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) academic building houses the College of Liberal Arts. The university broke ground on the building's construction in September 2007 completing the first phase in Fall of 2009.
College of Liberal Arts - Phase II $72 million Summer 2011 Design and construction of the second of the academic building that will house the remainder of the College of Liberal Arts. The university broke ground on the building's construction in 2009 with the building opening in the Fall of 2011.
West Village Housing - Phase II N/A Summer 2011 Phase II of the West Village housing project encompasses the construction of two residential facilities in the university’s West Village precinct. The buildings consist of nearly 160,000 total gross square feet of space and contain 651 beds for freshman and sophomore students. They are a mirror images of Paca and Tubman Halls, located just west of these buildings which comprised phase one of the West Village housing project.
West Village Commons $30 million Summer 2011 The West Village Commons building is an 85,000 gross square foot mixed-use facility that supports the residential population of the campus's West Village precinct. The building offers dining, retail, meeting, office and other student service spaces that enhance the area ’s living and learning environment, contribute to the development of its community, and serve as a central gathering space for current and future residential students.
West Village Parking Garage $27 million Summer 2011 The West Village Garage is a 489,000-square-foot (45,400 m2) parking facility west of Towson Run Apartments in the university’s West Village precinct. Construction on the garage began in August 2010 and was completed in August 2011. The six-story garage contains 1,500 parking spaces for TU students, faculty/staff and visitors. It also features LED lighting, which consumes 50% less electricity than standard garage fixtures.
Campus Gateway $11 million Winter 2012 The new gateway is be located near Burdick Hall. Marked by brick pillars and a large, open plaza, the gateway serves as a major campus access route, giving Towson University’s campus the main entrance that it’s always lacked. The gateway is designed to give campus visitors a sense of arrival and serving as an entry point for the entire campus community.
A 5,200-plus seat multi-use arena facility complete with
state-of-the-art video screens, entertainment suites/boxes, and
Towson Tigers , formerly the Towson College Knights, are the
athletics teams of Towson University. All of the major athletic teams
compete in the
Colonial Athletic Association
Under the leadership of President Bob Caret the University placed a greater emphasis on the athletics program. In September 2010 Caret hired a new Director of Athletics, Michael P. Waddell, who has significant program building experience at the highest levels of college sports. Waddell left Towson in 2013 and was replaced by Tim Leonard.
Main article: Doc (mascot)
Before the 1960s, the name of the sports teams at Towson were known
as the "Towson College Knights". Towson student
John Schuerholz pushed
for a new mascot, and the tiger was officially adopted in 1962.
Schuerholz later became general manager of the
According to school newspaper The Towerlight , when the Student Government Association first bought the tiger statue that sits outside Cook Library in 1996, the organization hoped to boost school spirit. Instead, it became subject to vandalism and disrepair. In March 2006, after several acts of vandalism, the statue was completely removed from in front of the library.
In September 2006, the Towerlight reported that a new bronze tiger statue had been unveiled as the centerpiece of the university's "Capital Campaign" to raise $50 million. The primary difference between the new statue and previous one is that the new one is made of bronze and all of the legs are on the ground and the tail is wrapped around its legs rather than raised, so it won't get damaged by vandals.
The new statue is outside Stephens Hall and was unveiled on February 8, 2007 where Caret said it would be "visible to passersby on York Road as well as students".
Tigerfest is TU's annual spring festival that features interactive
activities for students, as well as live musical entertainment.
Tigerfest, which is also open to the public (not just TU students),
occurs in late April and was held in
Johnny Unitas Stadium for most of
the event's history. Starting in 2014, the event was moved to Towson's
brand new basketball arena,
SECU Arena . Also beginning in 2014 was
the festival being held over two days. Day one features events and
games on campus, while day two is centered around a concert. Artists
Third Eye Blind ,
Dashboard Confessional ,
Krewella , Kid Cudi
DIVISION OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Towson University, Maryland’s Metropolitan University, is committed to addressing education, economic development and broad social issues. To further Towson’s role as a premier metropolitan university, the Division of Economic and Community Outreach (DECO) was established in 2004 as an initiative of President Robert L. Caret. DECO’s charge is to provide a focus for engagement with the external community and to provide a path into the university's research and project talent. DECO includes over 130 experts in the following areas: IT Solutions, Mapping Solutions (GIS), Technical Training, Applied Economics and Human Services, Information Assurance, and Business Growth.
CHERRY HILL LEARNING ZONE
The initiative is a partnership among the Baltimore City Public
School System , Baltimore City government,
BALTIMORE URBAN DEBATE LEAGUE
See also: Baltimore Urban Debate League
The Towson Speech and Debate team has close ties with the Baltimore Urban Debate League and often volunteers people from the team and the university to judge and facilitate the running of the tournaments.
The university often acts as a host for league tournaments at least once a year.
Towson also has what they call an Urban Debate Scholar award that they give to one graduating senior every year. The scholarship pays for full tuition and fees at TU. They also offer varying awards between $2,000 - $4,000 to other graduating seniors.
Former President Caret established a program called Adopt-A-Campus, which gives local businesses, organizations and others an opportunity to help beautify the TU campus. Every group is assigned a certain section of the campus, and will be encouraged to pick up litter and help keep the area clean of trash and debris.
FREE SPEECH POLICY
The school newspaper, The Towerlight , announced that in February 2008, the school administration was planning to implement a "Free Speech Policy". The policy defines several things that would be considered free speech , and that students would be restricted to where they could assemble and have demonstrations or protests. This has caused serious backlash from the students, and has solicited various protests on campus and vocal dissent from the Student Government Association as well. Jenny Haley, the SGA president at the time, said the policy was not discussed nor negotiated with the SGA and that she feels it is a mistake to exclude students from the decision making process. It was also noted that during a meeting with the administration to discuss the policy, several administrators said that the only input initially solicited from students for the Free Speech policy was from a committee called the Student Leadership Council that consists of student leaders who are in charge of large student groups. Several of the students contested that not only did they not know who was on this committee, but that most of them did not even know that kind of committee even existed.
The administration has reworked the policy and named it the Time, Place and Manner policy.
MEDIA AND PUBLICATIONS
TELEVISION RADIO PRINT
* WMJF – The university's student-run TV station
* The Towerlight - Towson's bi-weekly student newspaper * Grub Street Literary and Arts Magazine * Journal of Philosophical Ideas - The Philosophy Forum's Undergraduate Journal * The Prelaw Society Journal * Journal of Historical Studies
INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL (IFC) NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL (NPHC) UNIFIED GREEK COUNCIL (UGC) PANHELLENIC ASSOCIATION (PHA) PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL CURRENTLY SUSPENDED
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority
Alpha Gamma Delta sorority
Alpha Omicron Pi sorority
Alpha Phi sorority
Alpha Xi Delta sorority
Delta Delta Delta sorority
* Delta Phi Epsilon sorority
Kappa Delta sorority
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